This past weekend authorities arrested an NFL player after a disturbing 911 call.
According to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times, offensive lineman Chad Wheeler was apprehended for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend.
Officers reportedly responded to a call from a woman who was locked in the bathroom after a “physical fight” with her boyfriend. The woman in question was subsequently taken to Valley Medical Center.
As reported by Mollie Walker of the New York Post, the incident is said to have begun when Wheeler demanded that his girlfriend bow to him.
“The Kent Police Department’s report details that Wheeler is accused of throwing the woman on a bed, choking her until she lost consciousness and later picking a lock to the door of the bathroom, where the unidentified woman had fled to call 911 after she regained consciousness,” Walker wrote.
According to the report, when Wheeler realized that he hadn’t killed his girlfriend by strangulation, he dubiously asked her: “Wow you’re alive?”
NFL broadcaster and analyst Emmanuel Acho posted several photographs to Twitter that show the extent of the damage Wheeler is accused of doing.
Chad Wheeler of the @Seahawks tried to kill his girlfriend because she wouldn’t bow to him. He was even surprised at her survival.
— Emmanuel Acho (@EmmanuelAcho) January 27, 2021
Despite the seriousness of the alleged crime, Wheeler was released from King County Jail on Tuesday morning on a $400,000 bail bond.
Wheeler appeared in five outings with the Seattle Seahawks last year. He initially went undrafted out of USC in 2017, played briefly for the New York Giants and joined Seattle in October 2019.
The NFL is home to many sad stories, like Josh Gordon’s continuing fall from grace and the ugly turn Earl Thomas’ marriage took following a botched threesome with his brother. But the disturbing nature of this particular incident is on a whole other level, and the league should move quickly and decisively to address it.
Nothing shuts folks up quite like the truth. https://t.co/ic0iEBjHI1
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 25, 2021
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.