Daryl Washington was under investigation on allegations of an assault on his ex-girlfriend. Today, after meeting with police, he was arrested on two counts of aggravated assault, as reported by Mia Garcia. This is obviously a very serious charge, and one that could lead to Washington being released before the start of next season, despite his emergence on the field in 2012.
Last year, he finished with 9 sacks out of the inside linebacker position, and recorded over 100 tackles, a rare combination for the position. A month ago, though, he was suspended for violations of the substance abuse policy, for the first four games of the 2013 season. The team and player knew that the suspension was coming and re-negotiated by moving the date for his bonus, when he is now due $10 million before the start of next season.
The Arizona Cardinals, a team with a new head coach and leadership, did not anticipate the player then getting involved in a physical confrontation leading to arrest. Now, Arizona may need to avoid that large bonus, and are free to do so in light of the most recent legal troubles.
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