Seahawks release QB Boykin after alleged attack on girlfriend; he denies it
MANSFIELD, Texas - The Seattle Seahawks released backup quarterback Trevone Boykin on Tuesday after his girlfriend accused him of assaulting her, choking her until she was unconscious and breaking her jaw.
Police in Mansfield, Texas, say they are investigating Boykin, 24, for allegedly injuring his longtime girlfriend Shabrika Bailey during a physical altercation on March 20.
Boykin later released a statement in which he denied harming Bailey.
Shabrika Bailey said in an interview with Dallas TV news station WFAA that the attack happened after she and Boykin got into an argument at his house in Mesquite, Texas, when she refused to show him a text message on her phone.
Bailey said she passed out and then awoke covered in blood, and that Boykin later took her to the hospital, where it was determined that she had a broken jaw.
Law enforcement sources said they expect Boykin to be charged with felony aggravated assault, according to media reports.
But Boykin said in a statement that Bailey's account isn't true.
"I want to be clear that the story is false," he said in the statement, which was reported by NFL.com's Ian Rapaport. "This woman has lied about me and it has cost me my job."
Bailey said he understands the Seahawks' decision to release him because "the story that was reported casts a bad light on the organization and on me." But he said there is another witness who will confirm he was not involved in the assault.
"I will let the legal system run its course and I know I will be vindicated," he said in his prepared statement.
Mansfield police spokesman Sgt. Michael Midkiff said the department is investigating the alleged assault. He said no charges had been filed as of Tuesday and that the investigation was in a very early stage.
It's not the first time Boykin has been investigated by police.
On December 31, 2015, he was arrested in San Antonio, Texas, after a bar fight in which he threw a punch that hit a patrol officer.
On March 27, 2017, Boykin was arrested in Dallas, Texas, for misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana and public intoxication. Police say he was a passenger in a car that that crashed into a bar in Dallas, Texas, and injured eight people.
Boykin signed with the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent following the 2016 NFL draft. Boykin opened the 2016 preseason as the Seahawks' primary backup behind starter Russell Wilson.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.