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Cardinals’ Daryl Washington pleads guilty to assaulting ex-girlfriend

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Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington has pleaded guilty to assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

Washington pleaded guilty to aggravated assault on Monday in Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix, the Associated Press reports.

The disturbing incident took place last May, when the ex-girlfriend (who is also the mother of Washington’s daughter) told police that he grabbed her by the throat and shoved her to the ground, breaking her collarbone in the process.

Washington was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy. He will now presumably be suspended for the start of the 2014 season for violating the NFL’s personal-conduct policy.

But that may not be the biggest concern for Washington: He faces a sentence of up to two years in prison on the aggravated assault conviction.

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21 Responses to “Cardinals’ Daryl Washington pleads guilty to assaulting ex-girlfriend”
  1. blacknole08 says: Mar 24, 2014 6:56 PM

    Terrible. I just hope his daughter didn’t see this happen.

  2. DrSteveBrule says: Mar 24, 2014 6:57 PM

    Is this a case of pleading guilty with plea deal?

  3. thepftpoet says: Mar 24, 2014 6:58 PM

    Notice how this never happens with the Vikings organization?

    The worst thing was make your other teams cry from losing.

  4. redzona says: Mar 24, 2014 7:08 PM

    DrSteveBrule: Yes, he pleaded guilty to a lesser assault charge. Assault, nonetheless.

  5. 1rockyracoon says: Mar 24, 2014 7:15 PM

    The Ravens are now interested in trading for him.

  6. beastmode5150 says: Mar 24, 2014 7:20 PM

    Classy cards. Dockett is just lucky, as he has the most screws loose on that entire squad.

  7. redbirdsrising says: Mar 24, 2014 7:21 PM

    As a Cardinals fan I am disappointed. I won’t whine about losing him for whatever games because life is more important than football and above all else he has a debt to his ex and to his society to be paid. There is no excuse for violence towards women except in self defense. And I doubt this was self defense.

  8. thevikesarebest says: Mar 24, 2014 7:22 PM

    I thought he was a packer for a second.

  9. whosgotitbetterthanruss says: Mar 24, 2014 7:33 PM

    And the Cards wonder why they can’t make a legitimate run at the division.

    Stay classy, Arizona.

  10. nicofthenorthstar says: Mar 24, 2014 7:36 PM

    Throw the book at him. Hard time is all he deserves.

  11. doctorrustbelt says: Mar 24, 2014 7:38 PM

    ray rice.

  12. ariani1985 says: Mar 24, 2014 8:16 PM

    Packers on line 1!

  13. luz56 says: Mar 24, 2014 8:47 PM

    I’m a Cards fan too …. But throw the book at him…there should be zero tolerance

  14. texaswriter2011 says: Mar 24, 2014 9:21 PM

    I wonder if the NFL has evaluated which players are more likely to do this sort of thing. Seems like more of these assaults involve defensive players. Either way, shame on him!

  15. stankytoes12 says: Mar 24, 2014 9:34 PM

    Im sure she was a complete peach and did absolutely nothing to antagonize this, I mean, im sure of it…

  16. sinisterg says: Mar 24, 2014 9:57 PM

    We only know what the media wants us to know/ Or whatever they make up.
    Anyone who wasn’t there at the time of the incident doesn’t really know what went down.
    So to say something like “throw the book at him” is just dumb.
    Have any of you actually read the police report?
    Don’t believe everything you hear.

  17. nedhigginssports says: Mar 24, 2014 10:30 PM

    If this were a good player on the Steelers (Harrison, Big Ben), the front office would turn a blind eye.

    But if it were a fringe player like Cedric wilson, they’d cut him, because the Steelers are just so classy.

  18. theauger says: Mar 24, 2014 10:44 PM

    D-Wash is likely looking at a 1-2 years suspended sentence with 5 years of probation. If he follows the terms of his probation, he won’t see any prison time. He will be required to attend anger management “counseling” & if alcohol was involved, he will required to take alcohol abuse classes as well.

    That is the sentence I received after pleading guilty to aggravated assault in AZ for a bar fight about 8 years ago.

  19. sinisterg says: Mar 25, 2014 12:04 AM

    I wish him the best of luck with this case. Maybe he and baby mama can take conflict resolution classes , at least for the babies sake.
    Also , I bet at this particular juncture Keim and Michael B. are regretting letting Dansby fly the coop.
    Shoulda paid K- Los.

  20. sinisterg says: Mar 25, 2014 12:20 AM

    Also if his baby’s mama is smart she would request minimal punishment. The man needs to work in order to pay child support. If he does time everyone loses.

  21. iamedreed says: Mar 25, 2014 11:12 AM

    Instead of saying violence against women is never acceptable, can we just say violence against ANYONE is unacceptable???

    the fact of the matter is that an NFL player like darryl washington fighting a normal man is just as lopsided as a normal man fighting a normal female.

    If you need to resort to physical violence to resolve your personal problems it shows your lack of intelligence

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