The former Giants and Seahawks offensive tackle was arrested for allegedly strangling his girlfriend this past weekend.
Chad Wheeler is now aware of the charges he’ll be facing upon his recent arrest on suspicion of felony domestic violence.
According to Brady Henderson of ESPN, the King County (WA) prosecutor’s office charged Wheeler with first-degree domestic violence assault, domestic violence unlawful imprisonment, and resisting arrest. If he’s convicted, Wheeler could be staring down a prison sentence of 8-12 years.
This past weekend, Wheeler allegedly strangled his girlfriend until she became unconscious after she refused to bow to him. When she regained consciousness, he reportedly was surprised she survived the attack. The victim then escaped to a bathroom where she contacted the police.
She ultimately suffered a dislocated arm and was bleeding.
Wheeler was arrested and held at King County Jail in Washington on Monday night but was out of jail on a $400,000 bond by Tuesday.
Henderson additionally reports that prosecutors requested electronic home detention for Wheeler. An arraignment is currently set for Tuesday, Feb. 9.
Wheeler issued an apology on Twitter Wednesday, describing the altercation as a “manic episode.”
“Events happened over the weekend that transpired from a manic episode,” he wrote. “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.”
On Wednesday, the Seahawks released a statement via their official public relations Twitter account noting that Wheeler was “no longer with the team.”
— Seahawks PR (@seahawksPR) January 27, 2021
The 27-year-old, who originally signed with the Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2017 and was with Big Blue from then until 2019, was set to be a free agent this offseason.