Three days after Chad Wheeler was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence, the Seattle Seahawks backup offensive tackle has been released from King County Jail Tuesday on a $400,000 bond.
Wheeler is accused of assaulting his girlfriend at a residence in Kent, WA. The alleged incident occurred early Saturday. The Seattle Times first reported the news.
Wheeler appeared in King County District Court and his bail was set at $400,000. He was also ordered not to have contact with the alleged victim and to surrender all weapons.
Per Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times, police responded to a call of a woman who was locked in a bathroom following a “physical fight” with her boyfriend. The victim told 911 she was being “killed.”
The Kent Police Department report said the incident began when Wheeler asked the victim to bow to him. When she did not, he grabbed her and threw her on a bed. The victim then claimed Wheeler strangled her before she lost consciousness. Wheeler was standing near the bed when she regained consciousness, and said, “Wow you’re alive?”
The victim ran into the bathroom where she phoned 911.
Upon arrival, the police discovered the victim had a dislocated arm and was bleeding. Police also found Wheeler standing beside the victim in the bathroom once they entered the apartment.
The report also notes that Wheeler had been on medication for bipolar disorder but had not taken it recently.
Wheeler appeared in five games for Seattle last season. The 27-year-old was undrafted out of USC in 2017 where he was an All-Pac-12 selection as a senior and second-team All-Pac-12 as a junior. He joined the Seahawks in 2019 after he was waived by the Giants.
The Seahawks released a statement on Monday night: “We are aware of the situation and still gathering information.”
Wheeler is no longer listed on the team's online roster and is set to be a restricted free agent when the new league year begins in March.