Derrius Guice informed the Washington Football Team of his anger issues months before his domestic violence arrest, according to court documents.
The information comes from search warrants and shows that Guice attended three counseling sessions in the winter. A Washington Post report shows that it’s unclear if Guice informed the Washington Football Team about his domestic violence incidents that occurred in March and April. Washington released Guice three weeks ago after all of the domestic violence incidents became public and he turned himself in to authorities. He was arrested on multiple counts including strangulation and in the time since has faced legal action from sexual assault charges in Louisiana, his home state.
Drafted in the second round in 2018, Guice missed his entire rookie year due to a knee injury sustained in the preseason. In 2019, Guice played in five games and again dealing with knee injuries.
When he was released in early August, Washington head coach Ron Rivera said he did not want to get into the timeline of events or discovery of information surrounding Guice's arrests. The coach made the following statement at that time:
"I made a decision that I believe was in the best interest of this organization, our players and our fans going forward. Very difficult decision. Anytime you have to release a very talented young football player, it’s always a tough decision. This type of circumstance, this type of situation, we take those allegations very seriously. We had to make the decision going forward. Sometimes, it’s one of those things where there are processes, there are situations, there are circumstances that you go through. Each situation, each circumstance is unique. Each one will be handled and dealt with differently to what we believe is best for the organization going forward, and that’s probably the most important thing.
"I talked with the players yesterday and basically told them I made a decision I thought was in the best interest of our organization. If it was the right decision, we will benefit from it. If it’s not, it will be on me. I will take full responsibility as we go forward to try and make sure we do things the right way. From that, I want to move forward."