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Daryl Washington arrested on assault charges

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News broke earlier this week that Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington was under investigation for a domestic violence incident and there has been a new development in the case.

It’s not a good one for Washington. Mia Garcia of FOX 10 in Phoenix and other local outlets are reporting that Washington has been arrested on two counts of aggravated assault. Per the original police report, the alleged victim, Washington’s ex-girlfriend, showed “clear indications” of having been attacked and claimed that Washington had choked her.

Washington, who met with police on Thursday about the allegations, is already suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season due to a violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy. Should he be convicted of a crime in this case, he could face another suspension during the season for violating the Personal Conduct Policy.

“These are serious accusations that we are closely monitoring,” the Cardinals said in a statement before Washington was arrested. “Until all the facts are determined, and out of respect for the process, we will decline any further comment at this point.”

A wise position to take given how much still needs to play out in this case, but there’s no doubt that the offseason has not gone well for one of the Cardinals’ defensive leaders.

UPDATE 3:56 p.m. ET: Washington has released a statement.

“This is a legal matter and I am limited in what I can say other than that my lawyer and I will continue to cooperate with investigators and welcome the opportunity for all the facts to be presented. I regret that the situation has brought this kind of attention to my family and my team. I look forward to resolving it as soon as possible.”

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58 Responses to “Daryl Washington arrested on assault charges”
  1. jbaxt says: May 3, 2013 3:50 PM

    The Oakland Raiders new starting LB?

  2. seahawksteven777 says: May 3, 2013 3:50 PM

    Another example of talent going to waste due to the person being an idiot.

  3. sdb0ltz says: May 3, 2013 3:51 PM

    Regardless of how much of a star you are or not. The NFL should have a rule…. You put your hands on a woman, first offense. Mandatory 1 year suspension…. at least.

  4. seaeagle707 says: May 3, 2013 3:52 PM

    Reset the meter. Time for us all to remember that football is a violent sport, played by violent men………S’funny, somehow I just can’t picture Tim Tebow ever being arrested for assaulting a woman.

  5. Carl Gerbschmidt says: May 3, 2013 3:53 PM

    Too bad he plays for the Cards and not the Vikes. If it were the Vikes, he’d get a paid vacation and a contract extension.

  6. edithpiaf51 says: May 3, 2013 3:55 PM

    Yes I agree that the nFL should make it so as soon as a player puts his hands on a woman he gets one year suspensiion without pay. If he does it again, he gets ejected from the league. That is what I propose.

  7. goldrush36 says: May 3, 2013 3:56 PM

    Wow. I think his future with the cards is definitely in jeopardy. What a waste of incredible talent. Easily a top 5 linebacker

  8. pathsovglory says: May 3, 2013 3:56 PM

    Daryl we hardly knew ya!

  9. cardinalsfan87 says: May 3, 2013 3:58 PM

    That gives women a lot of control over these players if you had rules like that. Mad ex wives or girlfriends could get back at these guys very easily if that were the rule.

  10. ambitoos says: May 3, 2013 4:00 PM

    Emotional people make good football players but lousy mates. He needs to talk to Eli about being a calm dude. He’s the John Wayne of football.

  11. filthymcnasty1 says: May 3, 2013 4:01 PM

    The Vikings would like to pair him with Chris Cook.

  12. edithpiaf51 says: May 3, 2013 4:06 PM

    You said “Report comment
    cardinalsfan87 says: May 3, 2013 3:58 PM

    That gives women a lot of control over these players if you had rules like that. Mad ex wives or girlfriends could get back at these guys very easily if that were the rule.”

    First of all most women are not that low. Secondly, there has to be proof, like bruises, or injuries, etc; Also there needs to be an investigation. These players need to learn that they cannot take their anger out on females. Children look up to these sports players as heros and that means they need to behave in a kind manner that children can emulate. We do not want children to see their heros hitting women and then kids think that is normal behaviour.

  13. gallaghedj311 says: May 3, 2013 4:09 PM

    edithpiaf51 says:
    May 3, 2013 3:55 PM
    Yes I agree that the nFL should make it so as soon as a player puts his hands on a woman he gets one year suspensiion without pay. If he does it again, he gets ejected from the league. That is what I propose.

    No way. There’s this thing called equal rights? Maybe you heard of it. You can’t assign specified punishment based on gender. You just stated that you are for gender discrimination. It’s 2013. C’mon man!

  14. 8to80texansblog says: May 3, 2013 4:11 PM

    sdb0ltz says:
    May 3, 2013 3:51 PM
    Regardless of how much of a star you are or not. The NFL should have a rule…. You put your hands on a woman, first offense. Mandatory 1 year suspension…. at least.

    ==============================
    Seems a bit sexist to me…. I’m probably going to get blasted by people on here for saying that, but that rule just seems sexist.

    What about players that have killed people??? Is “laying your hands on a woman” a bigger offense than vehicular homicide?

  15. cali49er707 says: May 3, 2013 4:13 PM

    @Edithpiaf51

    In the words of Charles Barkley”Raise your own damn kids!”

  16. 69finfan says: May 3, 2013 4:17 PM

    I am not a Cardinals fan in any way shape or form but before he faces the firing squad, hanging or lethal injection for these allegations shouldn’t due process play out? Just a thought.

  17. sdb0ltz says: May 3, 2013 4:18 PM

    8to80texansblog says: “Seems a bit sexist to me…. I’m probably going to get blasted by people on here for saying that, but that rule just seems sexist.

    What about players that have killed people??? Is “laying your hands on a woman” a bigger offense than vehicular homicide?”

    ==============================

    Sexist?? First off. Im a dude. I just don’t condone a man.. especially an athletic specimen, ever putting his hands on a woman. Period.

    This subject is 100% different than vehicular homicide… that’s not even a topic in this conversation. Nobody CHOSE to kill someone with a vehicle.. but he CHOSE to beat and strangle his girlfriend.

  18. sdb0ltz says: May 3, 2013 4:21 PM

    It’s really sad how many “men” here don’t seem to have a problem with a man putting their hands on women.

    Even trying to justify it in the smallest way is quite astounding.

  19. skoobyfl says: May 3, 2013 4:21 PM

    She’s an ex for a reason, which has 2 sides of a story.

  20. lawyermalloy says: May 3, 2013 4:27 PM

    I guess being blessed with God given talent and a job making millions to play a game just isn’t enough for this idiot!

  21. bart3976 says: May 3, 2013 4:27 PM

    This guy sounds like a real winner

  22. reasonisthereason says: May 3, 2013 4:28 PM

    What goes up, must come down.

  23. trollaikman8 says: May 3, 2013 4:28 PM

    Why are we so quick to judge that Rolando McClain wasn’t there?

  24. Stiller43 says: May 3, 2013 4:37 PM

    Sdboltz,

    People are punished both my intent AND results.

    People get the dealth penalty (or life in prison) for murder, but attempted murderers get MUCH less. They both tried to do the same thing, right? Why dont they have the same punishment?

    The bottom line is killing a person is worse than hitting a woman, regardless of intent. Most cases you see (or at least I see) include alcohol and/or drugs in the driver as well. While it may not be intent, its certainly wreckless. And i IN NO WAY support at all a man ever laying a hand on a woman, but your statement is out there.

  25. whatnojets says: May 3, 2013 4:37 PM

    If I was his lawyer, I would do a hand anaylisis of the print on her neck to that of the accused

  26. whereyaat says: May 3, 2013 4:41 PM

    trollaikman8 says: May 3, 2013 4:28 PM

    Why are we so quick to judge that Rolando McClain wasn’t there?
    =====================
    +1
    I think the answer to your question is:
    Because PacMan and Ochocinco are the witnesses.

  27. azarkhan says: May 3, 2013 4:44 PM

    “The NFL should have a rule…. You put your hands on a woman, first offense. Mandatory 1 year suspension”

    A typical ignorant, knee-jerk reaction.

  28. arrowtoyourknee says: May 3, 2013 4:45 PM

    The sad part is that the typical trolling Packer fans (filthymcnasty1, Carl Gerbschmidt) have to have a snide comment towards the Vikings on a page that has absolutely nothing to do with them.

  29. dirtysouthironmen says: May 3, 2013 4:47 PM

    …and back to zero we go!

  30. luz56 says: May 3, 2013 4:54 PM

    When are sports teams/leagues going to implement zero tolerance? As a Cardinal fan I am disappointed but actions like this have to be stopped. Kiss your 10M bonus away. Don’t need to hear about how mistakes happen. There have to be consequences for actions and zero tolerance might have stopped this from happening. If he wasn’t a sports athlete would he be treated differently???we are as much to blame as he is just by reading comments on the board…

  31. bat42boy says: May 3, 2013 4:57 PM

    Just another worthless NFL football loser! He should never be able to play in the NFL again.

  32. bearclaw69 says: May 3, 2013 4:58 PM

    @edithpia51 “Yes I agree that the nFL should make it so as soon as a player puts his hands on a woman he gets one year suspensiion without pay. If he does it again, he gets ejected from the league. That is what I propose.”

    Well, edith, as soon as some gold-digging ho tries to take half of a man’s net worth, she is imprisoned for one year. If she does it again, she gets deported to some third world hell hole. That is what I propose.

  33. thegaterecords says: May 3, 2013 4:59 PM

    The sad thing is he’s one of my favorite young LB’s (This coming from a 49ers fan) he’s definitely taking the wrong road, it’s sad to see.

  34. sunburntshanny says: May 3, 2013 5:00 PM

    This is getting ridiculous. How are these dudes some of the strongest in the world, yet they want to lay hands on a woman. It’s unbelievable.

  35. edithpiaf51 says: May 3, 2013 5:07 PM

    You said “Well, edith, as soon as some gold-digging ho tries to take half of a man’s net worth, she is imprisoned for one year. If she does it again, she gets deported to some third world hell hole. That is what I propose.”

    It is men like you that perpetrate these horrible strerotypes and abuse women. are you working for Pat Ryan who wants to take away every right women worked for? first of all you have no respect for women at all to talk like that and use words like gold digger and ho. How would you like if someone talked about your mother, wife, or sister like that? that is inexcusable lanaguage. You should be ashamed of yourself.

  36. edithpiaf51 says: May 3, 2013 5:12 PM

    You said “No way. There’s this thing called equal rights? Maybe you heard of it. You can’t assign specified punishment based on gender. You just stated that you are for gender discrimination. It’s 2013. C’mon man!

    C’mon you are not thinking. where do you see female football players in the NFL? HELLO. the players are male if you had not noticed! It is not gender discrimination. If it were boxing and there were both genders, I would say anyone who hits their spouse or partner would get the suspension. Also 90% of abuse cases are men hitting women. Look at the stats.

  37. frozeninfear says: May 3, 2013 5:18 PM

    She could have been drunk and attacked Daryl. Some women deserve a good knock on the head.

  38. southpaw79 says: May 3, 2013 5:30 PM

    Get a good look at how a witch hunt works gentlemen. If you do not support drastic action against a person accused of a crime, then you are just as bad as they are.

    As a Niner fan, I hope the Cards crash and burn, but not at the expense of someone who is innocent. I will wait until the evidence is all out there, and if he is guilty then he should be removed from the sport.

  39. inyofaceagain says: May 3, 2013 5:43 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says: May 3, 2013 3:53 PM

    Too bad he plays for the Cards and not the Vikes. If it were the Vikes, he’d get a paid vacation and a contract extension.

    —-

    Dude, why are you constantly talking about the Vikings? This article has NOTHING to do with the Vikings. But you Packer fans saw how the draft worked out and you just cant stop hating can you? Sorry Gerby, but your Packers are not elite anymore. Stop hating on the Vikings every time you feel like voicing your opinion.
    And your KFAN bit is lame, just like your Packers

  40. realfootballfan says: May 3, 2013 5:47 PM

    skoobyfl,

    Don’t you understand that the woman is always right? Sometimes I wonder what world some of these pansies come from where every woman is a virtuous lily flower with good intentions and their word is always true, especially these types hooked up with these athletes (sarcasm).

    Just like when the Detroit player got in trouble for scuffling with the chick over his child who wanted him to pay all her bills, some men will defend any woman, any time without making sure it’s not in vain first.

  41. delusionalcardsfan says: May 3, 2013 5:55 PM

    And this from a guy that went to TCU. not much of a Christian. Total bummer for his poor kid, baby momma, and the Cards organization as a whole. He was one of the few bright spots in the desert over the last few seasons and is throwing it away.

  42. bigal1952 says: May 3, 2013 6:02 PM

    jbaxt says:
    May 3, 2013 3:50 PM
    The Oakland Raiders new starting LB?

    The typical stereotype but it doesn’t work that way. McKenzie isn’t putting up with bad apples on our team and the Raiders never had as many bad apples as usually depicted anyway. Try the Bengals. No, the Cards own this bad apple.We’ll man up and own up to ours, but not yours.

  43. icardfan says: May 3, 2013 6:16 PM

    I can’t win as a Cards fan! I see Washington on the Top 100 then I hear about this. Locally I hear the girl got it pretty bad. Was choked almost to death. I don’t know these two people or how it came to this. I head it’s his ex and baby momma who is now with some other dude and wants sole custody of the kid. Just rumors tho.

  44. stayclassyasheville says: May 3, 2013 6:20 PM

    He gets busted for PEDs, then busted for assault. The rap sheets grow as athletes are “cycling.” Every year it’s the same story, different name. When will the billion dollar sports entertainment business clean up and police itself? Why don’t we care?
    Sports are better without doping, but since everyone is getting paid, from the owners to the networks, right down to the chemists who make the dope, nothing will change.
    With that said, when’s opening kickoff?

  45. addlehead4 says: May 3, 2013 6:21 PM

    people are making a bigger deal about this than it needs to be. in arizona, for any call of domestic violence, they automatically arrest and book you. like a arrest first questions later thing. the charges can be dropped later after a futher investigation and questioning. so right now, the arrest doesnt really mean anything.

  46. spytdi says: May 3, 2013 6:26 PM

    Let the facts come out before this guy is torched. It has been proven time and again, people lie for money.

  47. thesteelers says: May 3, 2013 7:18 PM

    I like how athletes release “statements” when everyone knows it’s just their lawyer/PR rep.

  48. sunsation3413 says: May 3, 2013 8:36 PM

    Just to correct what was said in the article…The four games suspension was not for PEDs. It was for substances of abuse, most likely marijuana. Please check your facts. And to update from the local news just now. He has been arrested but she may also face charges. Apparently he choked her, went to leave, she chased after him and threw a flower pot at him and the she fell and broke her collar bone. This all stems from her not letting him see their 5 month old baby.

  49. sunsation3413 says: May 3, 2013 8:38 PM

    His suspension was NOT for PEDs. It was for substances of abuse….marijuana.

  50. flanker8823 says: May 3, 2013 8:51 PM

    2 words — Brian Banks — 5 years in jail and she recanted .. Just sayin

  51. 6250claimer says: May 3, 2013 9:05 PM

    More details coming out locally in the last hour or two. She allegedly has a broken clavicle. Forensic nurse who examined her say her injuries are consistent with her side of the story. Some of the other side of the story is that she wasn’t allowing Darryl to visit their child, and was trying to shake him down for money to allow visits. Also reported that she has a rap sheet for a previous domestic violence issue in an earlier relationship – where she was the instigator.

    None of that makes him roughing her up OK in any way, shape or form. But predictably, there will be another side of the story that gets told eventually. Probably some culpability on both sides, though no provocation on her part excuses him striking her.

  52. badintent says: May 4, 2013 12:03 AM

    If I had the NFL jock’s $$$, I’d put a hidden camera in every room .That way if some gold digger or some meth head tries to really piss me off with some violence of her own, the camera is there to record her actions as well as mine. We all know that Kim Kardashian hit Chris with a punch, that hoe is Bi-polar stupid. Just cause she ‘s a midget with jugs , she should have been arrested and convicted of assualt and have a criminal record.

  53. UPYRS says: May 4, 2013 12:12 AM

    If found guilty even to a lesser charge then at least a 1 year suspension with no pay

  54. mullman76 says: May 4, 2013 1:50 AM

    @jbaxt: You silly troll. Al Davis passed in 2011. Big Reg is shaping a whole new culture for the Raiders. It’s time to work on some new material simpletons, you’re struggling.

  55. shlort says: May 4, 2013 2:11 AM

    He’ll buy his way out of it. All pro athletes have that option.

  56. wolfiereasonedlife says: May 4, 2013 6:57 AM

    seaeagle707 says: May 3, 2013 3:52 PM

    Reset the meter. Time for us all to remember that football is a violent sport, played by violent men………S’funny, somehow I just can’t picture Tim Tebow ever being arrested for assaulting a woman.
    _____________________________________
    Considering this is a NFL site and there are something like 2800+ signed or drafted players that could have been referenced it’s odd that you chose Tebow of Nazereth. It could be that he generally finds women icky or that his play book says they are unclean at least for part of the month.
    But considering how many violent men play this sport I’m surprised the number is so low. Anything above zero is not acceptable but this hyper-violence you would think there’d be a correlation to more domestic violence.

  57. cheleyjam01 says: May 4, 2013 7:01 AM

    What’s so stupid is that these “ballers” go out and get these gold diggers who obviously could give a flying $4!+ about their job. They turn around and pop a baby in them and these tricks use the babies against them if these dummies don’t cough up their money. I don’t feel sorry for neither of them, the baby is the one who suffers. Here’s a suggestion, try using condoms they work!!

  58. peytonsneck18 says: May 4, 2013 8:04 AM

    somebody has been watching too much of “whats love gots to do with it” ike turner wanna be

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