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Seahawks offensive tackle Chad Wheeler was arrested Monday night in King County, Washington, on suspicion of felony domestic violence, according to a police report cited by The Seattle Times.
Wheeler has posted his $400,000 bail bond and been released, per reports.
According to the Times, Wheeler, a restricted free agent, allegedly assaulted his girlfriend, who told police that she suffered a dislocated arm and was bleeding and told 911 operators that she was being “killed.”
As the Times states, quoting the report:
“According to the report, when officers arrived they could hear screaming from inside the apartment, and after forcing their way in they heard more screaming from a bathroom. They forced their way in to the bathroom and found the victim and Wheeler. He was standing beside her, the report said.”
According to the report cited by the Times, Wheeler, who stopped taking medication for bipolar disorder, strangled his girlfriend, and, after she regained consciousness said, “Wow you’re alive?”
After his girlfriend escaped to the bathroom to place the 911 call, he picked the lock and entered the bathroom, where officers found them.
Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Seahawks will not retain Wheeler.
#Seahawks OL Chad Wheeler, arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence, is not under contract for 2021 and won’t be back in Seattle, source said. The NFL says the matter is being reviewed under the personal conduct policy. Details: https://t.co/Qmg2Dl8kiG
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 27, 2021