Internet fame is a fleeting thing even in the best of times.
But this is a quick turnaround.
Megan Welter, an Arizona Cardinals cheerleader and second lieutenant in the Army, won deserved acclaim earlier this week for serving a 16-month tour in Iraq. Now, just two days later, comes word that she’s been arrested for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend.
First, the good news. Welter is a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army, and she’s been a competitive dancer since she was nine. “The war was going on at the time when I graduated college,” she told ABC15. “I wanted to take a job that was going to be meaningful, so I decided to join the Army.”
Unfortunately, the story doesn’t end there. In fact, several days before her story broke nationally, she’d apparently assaulted her boyfriend, according to AZFamily.com and 3TV.
Welter called 911 and alleged that her boyfriend, a fighter, had assaulted her first. However, a police report indicated that there were no indications that she had been hit or strangled. She was arrested on charges of alleged assault, disorderly conduct and criminal damage.
Welter’s boyfriend released a statement that read, “People make mistakes, no one is perfect. I honestly want the best for her and I hope that this doesn't take away from the good things that she has done for both the NFL, as well as the service to our country. People seem to only remember the bad and it is easy to point fingers while standing on the outside. Now with that said, violence is never the answer and I honestly hope that this can be a learning experience for her and everyone else."
[Helmet tip: KSK]