After the Seattle Seahawks issued a statement on Wednesday saying backup offensive tackle Chad Wheeler is no longer with the team, the 27-year-old has announced he is walking away from football after being arrested for domestic violence assault charges.
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.
He was released Tuesday from King County Jail on a $400,000 bond.
The alleged details and photos are horrific. The Kent Police Department responded to a 911 call at 9:46 p.m. Friday saying a woman was locked in Wheeler’s bathroom following an altercation. The victim 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.
According to the Seattle Times' report, Wheeler was standing near the bed when she regained consciousness, and said, “Wow you’re alive?”
Wheeler released a statement on Wednesday, apologizing for the incident which he says transpired from a “manic episode.” As mentioned in the police report, Wheeler was previously on medication for bipolar disorder, but had not taken it recently.
He also said he is done with football.
“It is time for me to walk away from football and get the help I need to never again pose a threat to another,” Wheeler wrote in one of three tweets. “I cannot express my sorrow or remorse enough. I am truly ashamed.”
The Seahawks waived Wheeler on Wednesday afternoon. He was set to become a restricted free agent in March when the new league year begins. Wheeler played in five games for the Seahawks in 2020 as a reserve offensive tackle and had been with the team since Oct. 2019 when he was signed to the practice squad.
Now we will wait and see how a potential trial plays out. If any of the allegations hold true, Wheeler will likely face jail time in the near future.