Report: Tarvaris Jackson won’t be prosecuted in alleged assault case
Former Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson reportedly will not be prosecuted after allegedly pointing a loaded gun at his wife in June.
According to TMZ, the Florida Assistant State Attorney has decided that there isn’t enough evidence to push forward with a case against Jackson.
“From the investigation which has been made, it is the opinion of the writer that this case is not suitable for prosecution,” the State Attorney wrote in court documents.
Jackson was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after an altercation with his wife at a residence in Osceola County, Florida. He pleaded not guilty to the charges in July.
The police report stated that an intoxicated Jackson pulled the gun on his wife during an argument and threatened to kill her. Jackson’s wife told police she feared for her life and grabbed an iron and knife at points for protection.
After police arrived, Jackson denied the presence of a gun but the cops found a loaded handgun in the kitchen soon after.
Jackson has served as the backup to Russell Wilson in Seattle each of the last three seasons. Wilson has not missed a single meaningful snap over that span as Jackson has been relegated to mop up duty only, including playing late in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLVIII.
Seattle still has uncertainty at backup quarterback. Trevone Boykin and Jake Heaps are the only two quarterbacks besides Wilson on the roster and neither has shown an ability to separate in the competition for the job. Seahawks general manager John Schneider said the team would keep looking at veteran options and said he had spoken with Jackson’s agent following his arrest.
Whether Jackson remains an option Seattle is interested in - even after the lack of prosecution - remains to be seen, but they may not currently have Wilson’s backup for Week 1 currently on the roster.