UPDATED: 8:56 A.M. ET, Feb 22, 2021 —
Bodycam footage has been released in the domestic violence arrest of former Seahawks player Chad Wheeler. The footage shows his enraged state and intense struggle with the police.
Chad Wheeler may have pleaded not guilty to charges of domestic violence and resisting arrest, but the amount of evidence against him seems massive. His girlfriend is still recovering from injuries she sustained from refusing to bow to him and did her first public interview this week. Even though he pled not guilty, he did take to social media for a half-assed apology for his actions, which felt more like a press release for football fans and not the victims of his anger.
The video starts on the evening of Jan. 22, with police literally kicking down the door to the home in Kent, Washington where Wheeler was living with then-girlfriend Alleah Taylor. Taylor had called 911 claiming Wheeler had beaten and strangled her within inches of her life.
Once cops enter the home, the video goes dark — police redacted the in-home footage for various legal reasons but the audio paints a crystal clear picture of the chaos that ensues.
The footage features yelling back and forth and Chad begging them to not shoot him while he continued to disobey orders and yell at his girlfriend. You just have to see it for yourself, which you can below.
Wheeler’s ex-girlfriend Alleah Taylor said during her emotional CBS interview that she believes the former Seahawks offensive tackler should spend time behind bars for his vicious attack. Taylor says she now must undergo extensive surgery for her injuries.
“I still have to regularly get my concussion checked. I have bolts and a steel plate I’m gonna have forever in my arm. I’m gonna have to deal with this the rest of my life,” she explained.
The 27-year-old former NFL star was slammed with three criminal charges including 1st-degree domestic violence assault. Wheeler could face up to 12 years in prison if convicted.
Chad returns to court on March 18th and the trial has been set for June 1st.