Barkevious Mingo was arrested and charged with indecency with a child-sexual contact this past Thursday. Two days later, on Saturday, the Atlanta Falcons released him after having initially inked him to a one-year deal in March.
The details of the accusations made against Mingo are particularly disturbing.
According to Sports Illustrated, who cited the Arlington police warrant used in Mingo’s apprehension, the linebacker allegedly pulled at his victim’s underwear while the two were in bed together.
“This occurred for a few minutes until the suspect got more and aggressive and pulled the victim’s underwear down to his shins,” the report continued.
“The victim advised that when this was occurring, he was scared and pretended to be asleep. [Mingo] put a lotion on that made the victim’s skin burn and … rubbed his penis up and down, in between the victim’s butt crack.”
According to the initial report, Mingo invited a teenage family member and the boy’s teen friend to hang out. The 30-year-old is said to have taken the youngsters to the Six Flags Over Texas and K1 Speed, a Dallas-area go-kart complex. Afterward they had dinner together.
Once dinner wrapped, Mingo and the youngsters came back to the local hotel where Mingo was residing. The plan was apparently for Mingo to sleep in one bed and the boys in the other, but at approximately 3 a.m. the victim is said to have awoken with Mingo beside him.
That is when the alleged abuse occurred.
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— Game 7 (@game7__) July 6, 2021
After his arrest, Mingo was released on $25,000 bond Friday. The charge made against him carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison under Texas state law.
Obviously this isn’t the first disturbing abuse case to rock the sports world in recent months. Between a Los Angeles Lakers play beating his girlfriend on camera, the Trevor Bauer fiasco and an NFL player causing life-changing injuries to his girlfriend because she refused to bow to him – the stories are seemingly never ending. That said – this one appears to be more horrific and disconcerting than any that came before it.
Thus far, Mingo’s attorney has maintained that his client will be exonerated. Time will tell if that actually ends up happening.