The Running Back Has Been Let Go
The Washington Football Team has released running back, Derrius Guice, after the player was arrested on domestic violence charges in Loudoun County, Virginia.
The Cut Was Immediate
The cut came just two hours after the arrest was made, showing that Washington was not going to waste any time with it. The team say they were notified of the arrest on Thursday, notified the NFL of the situation, and spoke with Guice on Friday to tell him they were letting him go.
The team’s statement read:
“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.”
According to the sheriff’s office of Loudoun County, the charges were from three separate domestic violence incidences that occurred earlier this year on February 14th, March 13th, and April 17th. All three happened at Guice’s home. They were first reported to the Montgomery County Police Department in Maryland. The sheriff’s office learned of the allegations on July 22nd.
The charges against Guice, 23, are one count of strangulation and three counts of assault and battery, as well as one count of destruction of property. Guice turned himself in to the Loudoun Adult Detention Center on Friday. and was later released on a $10,000 uninsured bond.
His attorney spoke on the matter when Guice denied to comment:
The failure to fully investigate allegations of events, which allegedly took place months ago, is inexplicable. Derrius will defend these charges in court, where a full vetting of the allegations will take place, in contrast to actions by local law enforcement and the Washington Football Team that assumed the worst, directly contradicting every sense of fairness and due process.”
The Risk That Didn’t Pan Out
Guice was drafted by Washington in 2018 in the second round. Coming into the draft, many teams took him off the board over concerns about his character. Washington took the risk, though, and he played two seasons with the team, despite missing his first season with a torn ACL. During those seasons, sources reported questions being raised about his maturity and character, stemming from his approach to various team situations such as medical treatment.
While he started the 2019 season as the team’s starting running back, he tore his meniscus and missed eight games before he tore his medial collateral ligament on December 8th. He didn’t play again.
Another Issue for the Team
Wshington came under fire recently when The Washington Post released a story about sexual harassment allegations against five former employees. They have also faced long-running criticism for their team name, prompting the team to drop the moniker of “Redskins” and use their current, generic name as a placeholder until they settle on a new one.
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