The Washington Football Team released Derrius Guice on Friday after learning the running back had been arrested two hours earlier on domestic violence charges.
Guice, 23, was charged with one count of strangulation, three accounts of assault and battery and one count of destruction of property, a spokesperson for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office told The Washington Post.
In a statement, the team said it learned of the domestic violence accusations on Thursday, ESPN reported.
“We immediately alerted the National Football League and have continued to work with them during this process,” the team said. “We then met with Derrius to inform him that he was excused from all team activity pending a review of this matter. This afternoon we learned that there were multiple charges filed against Derrius. Upon review of the nature of these charges and following internal discussions, we have decided to release Derrius immediately.”
Guice hired Peter D. Greenspun, a criminal attorney in Northern Virginia who has worked on several high-profile cases, the Post reported.
In 2018, Guice was lost for the season when he tore the ACL in his left knee after a rushing attempt, the Post reported.
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