UPDATE: Seahawks release statement that Wheeler is no longer with team:
Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Chad Wheeler was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of felony domestic violence, according to police records obtained by The Seattle Times.
Wheeler, who has since been released on $400,000 bond, allegedly got into a “physical fight” with his girlfriend, who called 911 and told operators she was being “killed.”
According to the police report obtained by the Seattle Times, law enforcement officers heard screaming from inside the apartment as they arrived at the scene and forced their way into the home. They found Wheeler and the alleged victim, who was bleeding and suffered a dislocated arm, in the bathroom.
The report states that the alleged victim claims Wheeler, who is 6-foot-7 and 318 pounds, grabbed her head and threw her onto the bed where he began to strangle her until she lost consciousness after she refused to bow to him as he demanded.
When the alleged victim, who is 5-foot-9, 145 pounds, regained consciousness, Wheeler was standing near the bed and responded, “Wow, you’re alive?”
The alleged victim then ran into the bathroom to call 911. Wheeler picked the lock to enter the bathroom before police arrived.
Wheeler was initially uncooperative before he was arrested, according to police. The alleged victim was taken to the hospital to be treated for her injuries.
Wheeler, 27, spent last season as a backup offensive lineman for the Seattle Seahawks. Prior to joining the Seahawks, the USC product was with the New York Giants for three seasons after signing with the team as an undrafted free agent in 2017.
The Seahawks released a statement on Monday that they are “aware of the situation and still gathering information.”