Seahawks OT Chad Wheeler Arrested on Suspicion of Felony Domestic Assault

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist

Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Chad Wheeler is pictured during the second half of an NFL football gamem against the New York Jets, Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 40-3. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
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The following article discusses sensitive details regarding allegations of intimate partner violence.

Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Chad Wheeler was arrested Saturday on suspicion of felony domestic assault.

Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reported Wheeler was arrested after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend. According to a police report, he allegedly strangled the woman until she lost consciousness. In her 911 call, the woman said she was being "killed" by Wheeler.

Wheeler was released Tuesday on a $400,000 bail bond, per Brady Henderson of ESPN.

Per Condotta, the police report said Wheeler expressed surprise that the woman was still alive after she regained consciousness. She then locked herself in a bathroom and phoned the police. Wheeler was able to pick the lock and was in the bathroom with the woman when police arrived.

According to the report, the incident began "when Wheeler asked the woman to bow to him," per Henderson.

At the time of the 911 call, police were told the woman had a dislocated arm and was bleeding. She was taken to the hospital with arm pain after police arrived on the scene, per Condotta. The extent of her injuries is unknown.

The police report said Wheeler previously used medication for bipolar disorder but had not been taking it, per Henderson.

The Seahawks issued the following statement on Wednesday and confirmed Wheeler is no longer with the club: 

The 27-year-old has appeared in 32 NFL games with the Seahawks and New York Giants. He is slated to be a restricted free agent this offseason. Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Wheeler "won't be back in Seattle" after the arrest. The NFL is also looking into Wheeler's arrest under the personal conduct policy, per Rapoport.


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