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Ex-NFL player Chad Wheeler found guilty on domestic violence charges


Chad Wheeler, a former NFL offensive lineman, was found guilty Thursday of two domestic violence charges stemming from a horrifying attack on his ex-girlfriend in January 2021.

Wheeler, who played for the Seattle Seahawks and New York Giants, was found guilty by a King County, Washington, jury of first- and second-degree domestic violence charges, according to FOX 13 Seattle. The jury found Wheeler not guilty of unlawful imprisonment.

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Chad Wheeler with the Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Chad Wheeler during the San Francisco 49ers game at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, on Jan. 3, 2021. (Mark J. Rebilas-USA Today Sports)

The 29-year-old California native will be sentenced in December. The station noted that the first-degree conviction came with the determination that the former NFL player used force of means likely to result in death. He could be sentenced to a minimum of five years in prison.

Alleah Taylor, Wheeler’s girlfriend at the time of the incident, said he assaulted her when she refused to bow to him. She told “CBS This Morning” in February 2021 things escalated from there.

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New York Giants offensive tackle Chad Wheeler during the game against the San Francisco 49ers on Nov. 12, 2018, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. (Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

“He, he stood up. And he told me to bow down. And I asked him why. And he didn’t respond. He just told me to bow down again. And I told him no. And he immediately grabbed my neck. And that’s when things began,” she said, adding that Wheeler choked her and she blacked out twice.

“I had touched my face. And I looked down, and there was, there’s blood on my hand…. I remember getting up and running to the bathroom. Chad was standing by the bed, by the doorway. And he was sipping his smoothie and was, like, “Wow, you’re, you’re still alive.’”

After the verdict was handed down, Taylor wrote on X, “I finally have justice.”

Chad Wheeler vs Steelers

New York Giants offensive tackle Chad Wheeler before the preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Aug. 11, 2017, at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Wheeler pleaded not guilty to the charges. He claimed the incident was a “manic episode.”



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