Reports: Falcons cut Barkevious Mingo amid child sex offense case

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The Atlanta Falcons have released linebacker Barkevious Mingo after allegations of indecent sexual conduct with a child came to light after he posted bond in Tarrant County, Texas, according to multiple reports.

Mingo was released after he posted $25,000 bond. Mingo is accused of indecency with child sexual contact, a felony that can carry a sentence of up to 20 years in prison in Texas.

Mingo’s lawyer has labeled the claim against his client as “complete baseless.”

Barkevious Mingo is innocent,” attorney Lukas Garcia said. “At this stage, our side has very limited information. What we do know is these allegations are from over two years ago and are completely untrue. Mr. Mingo is the victim of a false claim, and we believe this is motivated by money or some other ulterior motive. We are confident when the truth comes to light, my client will be fully exonerated.”

The Falcons released a statement on Saturday that they take the allegations very seriously and were monitoring the situation. That stance ultimately turned to the team electing to just wash their hands of it altogether but cutting Mingo.

Mingo signed with the Falcons on a one-year deal in March after spending last season with the Chicago Bears. Mingo was the sixth overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft and has also played for the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans.

23 responses to “Reports: Falcons cut Barkevious Mingo amid child sex offense case

  1. Just read the charges and what possibly may have done to the young man . If its true then Mingo is done for ..

  2. You hate seeing someone losing anything or taking any punishment before investigation/confirmation of facts, but you can also see where a matter is so distasteful that an organization, whether right or wrong, just wants away from it.

  3. 8 years in the NFL Atlanta was his 7th team. Something’s not right with this guy. Atlanta has to know more than they are letting on. At least Arthur Blank has decent morals unlike other owners who employ guys with questionable character. Mainly Clark Hunt.

  4. The NFL police blotter is off the charts. Commissioner Goodell there is a big problem here.

  5. Good thinking by the Falcons the only thing to do. Please throw the book at this guy, IF charges are true.

  6. They had to. It was the only thing to do until this is sorted one way or another.

  7. Good. The guy shouldn’t be close to anny children or football facility until this case is adjudicated.

  8. I think in this day, we really need to hear the facts before posting judgement. These are terrible things, if committed. The dude has started 4 games in the past 2 seasons. No brainer why they didn’t want the distraction.

  9. Mingo is accused of indecency with child sexual contact, a felony that can carry a sentence of up to 20 years in prison in Texas.….
    And in New York and California, it’s a stern warning.

  10. touchback6 says:
    July 11, 2021 at 11:25 am
    Took them long enough

    ————

    It’s a Saturday in July. The paperwork and process can take hours. Their job is to go through the process and release him. Their job is not to inform you when it’s done.

  11. If this happened to Aaron Rodgers, it would be swept under the carpet and nothing done about it.

  12. You can be forgiven for certain things but when it comes to crimes against children you’ve crossed the line you’ll never be able to come back from and if it’s true that he did commit these acts he’s done for

  13. By mid-season he’ll be a member of the Baltimore Murdering Blackbirds or the Dallas Cowpies. These are the NFL’s two prison farm teams.

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