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Seahawks reportedly waive Chad Wheeler and issue statement encouraging him to get help after domestic violence arrest

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The Seattle Seahawks released a statement Wednesday announcing offensive lineman Chad Wheeler was no longer with the team following his domestic violence arrest Saturday.

The Seahawks also encouraged Wheeler to “get the help he needs.”

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Wheeler sent out tweets Wednesday apologizing for his actions and announcing he’s stepping away from football. His full statement read:

“Events happened over the weekend that transpired from a manic episode. I am deeply sorry for the pain and suffering that I have caused to [the victim] and her family.

“I apologize profusely for the turmoil that I have caused to my family, teammates, fans and those closest to me. The most important thing right now is that [the victim] gets the care she needs and I get help. Both are happening.

“It is time for me to walk away from football and get the help I need to never again pose a threat to another. I cannot express my sorrow or remorse enough. I am truly ashamed.”

Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune reported the Seahawks waived Wheeler, and a team official told ESPN’s Adam Schefter he would not be returning to Seattle.

Chad Wheeler was arrested Tuesday on charges of domestic violence and assault. (Photo by Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Chad Wheeler was arrested Tuesday on charges of domestic violence and assault. (Photo by Jorge Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Chad Wheeler arrested on domestic violence, assault charges

Wheeler, 27, was arrested Saturday on charges of domestic violence and assault. Content Warning: Details surrounding Wheeler’s arrest are graphic and contain descriptions of his alleged assault.

Wheeler reportedly threw his girlfriend on a bed and choked her until she was unconscious. When the woman woke up, Wheeler allegedly said, “Wow, you’re alive?” The woman locked herself in the bathroom and called 911. Officers found Wheeler standing next to the woman. He was reportedly uncooperative when officers tried to arrest him at first.

The woman told officers the assault began after Wheeler told the woman to bow to him. He reportedly attacked the woman after she refused. The woman also told police Wheeler is bipolar and has not been taking his medication.

The Seahawks released a statement Tuesday saying they were “gathering information.” A day later, Wheeler was released.

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