Daryl Washington has been charged with aggravated assault (USA Today Sports Images)
Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault following an incident involving his ex-girlfriend, who is also the mother of Washington's five-month old daughter, FOX 10 News in Phoenix, Arizona reports.
Bond has been set at $4,200.
According to the report, Washington allegedly assaulted his ex-girlfriend following an argument inside her apartment on Wednesday. Washington's ex-girlfriend alleges that the Pro Bowl linebacker choked her and police responding to her call noted that she had marks on her throat.
The report also states that there is a custody battle going on between the two and that the ex-girlfriend has not allowed Washington to see his daughter. Washington has filed court documents stating that his ex-girlfriend is making financial demands "in return for parenting time".
Washington, who earlier this offseason was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 regular season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, met with investigators on Thursday and released the following statement.
"These are serious accusations that we are closely monitoring. Until all the facts are determined, and out of respect for the process, we will decline any further comment at this point."
Washington is arguably the most important member of a very good Cardinals defense. Over his first three seasons in the NFL, Washington has amassed 319 tackles, 15 sacks and four interceptions. Last September, the Cardinals signed Washington to a four-year, $32 million extension that included $5 million in guaranteed money. Washington responded to that extension by leading the Cardinals with 134 tackles, including 15 for a loss, with nine sacks and an interception while logging 97.96 percent of the Cardinals' defensive snaps. Washington was also added to the NFC's Pro Bowl roster as a "Super Bowl replacement" for the pair of San Francisco 49ers who were unable to play.
Washington's four-game suspension will cost him over $564,000 in base salary and the Cardinals may seek to recoup over $216,000 in prorated amounts from the two signing bonuses that Washington has received from the franchise in his brief career. The Cardinals have already made a slight tweak to Washington's extension, pushing a $10 million option bonus that had been due in 2013 to the 2014 season. Should the allegations this week result in an arrest leading to a conviction and further discipline from the NFL, the Cardinals may have to decide whether or not to pick up that option bonus next offseason.
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