Chad Wheeler, former Seahawks Player And Family

November 16, 2021
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Seahawks Player: After reportedly assaulting his fiancée over the weekend, prosecutors charged former Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Chad Wheeler with first-degree domestic violence assault and domestic violence illegal confinement on Wednesday. Both of the counts are felony offences.

According to a representative for the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office in Washington state, Wheeler was also charged with resisting arrest, which is a misdemeanour under Washington state law.

The allegations came only hours after the Seahawks Player said Wheeler is a free agent and “no longer with the team” in a statement. The Seahawks player released Wheeler on Wednesday, according to the NFL’s official transaction list.

Chad Wheeler is a Seahawks Player

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The team pushed him to get help and provided resources for victims of domestic violence and people suffering from mental illnesses.

“The Seahawks Player are disturbed by the new details surrounding Chad Wheeler’s case and strongly condemn this act of domestic abuse,” the team stated. “Our prayers and sympathy go out to the victim.”

Wheeler reportedly assaulted and strangled the victim in her bedroom on January 22, according to prosecutors. He allegedly beat her senseless twice and left her for dead both times.

Wheeler allegedly shoved his fingers into her mouth and down her neck at one point during the incident, and “crushed” his palm down over her nose and mouth while squeezing her throat with his other hand, according to prosecutors.

Prosecutors claim the lady passed out twice as Wheeler allegedly strangled her. Wheeler “violently” grabbed the girl’s left arm and ripped her body back into him, the woman subsequently recalled.

According to prosecutors, when she recovered consciousness for the second time, she witnessed Wheeler enter the room and tell her, “Oh, you’re still alive.” She dashed into the bathroom and slammed the door behind her before phoning the cops and informing her family.

Officers arrived to a domestic quarrel at an apartment in Kent after Wheeler’s girlfriend called 911 and informed the operator she was being “murdered,” according to a police report. Officers had to force entrance into the home because she was screaming from within when they arrived, according to the report.

According to the report, Wheeler first resisted arrest before being apprehended by cops. Officers used a Taser on his body once, according to prosecutors, but it had no effect.

His girlfriend was taken to the hospital when authorities discovered her with blood on her face and her left arm dangling against her body, according to the report.

The woman is 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighs 145 pounds, while Wheeler is 6 feet 7 inches tall and weighs 310 pounds, according to the report.

According to the report, the lady claimed Wheeler suffered from bipolar disorder and was taking medication but hadn’t taken it recently, and that the couple had previously been dating for six months with no “notable concerns.”

Wheeler apologised in a series of tweets on Wednesday, explaining that “events over the weekend that transpired from a manic episode.”

“It’s time for me to retire from football and seek the assistance I require so that I never again constitute a threat to another,” he added. “I don’t have the words to express my grief or regret. I’m terribly embarrassed.”

On Tuesday, Wheeler was booked into King County Jail and released on a $400,000 bond, according to jail records. According to police, a judge ordered Wheeler to have no contact with the victim and to surrender any weapons.

Prosecutors requested that Wheeler be placed on electronic home detention and that his ankle monitoring device be GPS-enabled. His next court appearance is scheduled for February 9th.

In 2017, Wheeler went undrafted, but he signed with the New York Giants and appeared in 19 of their 27 games. Before the start of the 2019 season, he was released by the team and joined with the Seahawks’ practise squad. He did not play on the field that year, but he did play in five games the following season.

The news of Wheeler’s arrest sparked outrage among NFL players, who urged that the league respond.

Wheeler’s college roommate, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive tackle Zach Banner, tweeted that Wheeler is “totally different” than the person he knew. “What he did broke my heart, and I will never forgive him… My heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to the victim. Her health and well-being should be the (top) concern.”

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