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Seahawks offensive tackle Chad Wheeler announced Wednesday he’s stepping away from football after being accused of choking his girlfriend.
“Events [that] happened over the weekend that transpired from a manic episode. I am deeply sorry for the pain and suffering that I have caused to Alleah and her family,” Wheeler tweeted, referring to his girlfriend.
Wheeler, a backup offensive tackle who played for the Giants from 2017 to 2019, then added in the tweet thread: “I apologize profusely for the turmoil that I have caused to my family, teammates, fans and those closest to me. The most important thing right now is that Alleah gets the care she needs and I get help. Both are happening.”
He finally added, in a third tweet: “It is time for me to walk away from football and get the help I need to never again pose a threat to another. I cannot express my sorrow or remorse enough. I am truly ashamed.”
The football star was arrested Saturday on suspicion of felony domestic violence after his girlfriend, whose full name has not been released, told the police he assaulted her at an apartment in Kent, Washington, the Seattle Times reported.
The Seahawks strongly condemned the alleged assault.
“The Seahawks are saddened by the details emerging against Chad Wheeler and strongly condemn this act of domestic violence. Our thoughts and support are with the victim,” the team said in a statement Wednesday.
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