What happened to Chad Wheeler at USC in 2015?
28th January 2021

CHAD Wheeler, who allegedly attacked his girlfriend on January 23 and left her for dead, has had a run-in with the law before.

The Seattle Seahawks player, 27, has been accused of choking his girlfriend during a bout with bipolar disorder.

He has reportedly been hit with one count of first-degree domestic violence assault, one count of domestic violence unlawful imprisonment and one count of resisting arrest.

The NFL player has since apologized for his actions, which he said stemmed from a manic episode. 

What happened to Chad Wheeler in 2015?

But this is not Wheeler's his first run-in with the law.

He was detained while in college at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles on December 19, 2015, for allegedly punching walls and windows.

An NBC News report claimed Wheeler was "possibly under the influence of drugs or alcohol" and didn't recognize a fellow offensive lineman.

Wheeler threatened him and officers were forced to fire beanbag rounds at Wheeler to subdue him, according to reports.

His 20-year-old friend and her seven-month old son were at the house during the altercation, Fox Sports reported at the time.

Was Chad Wheeler arrested?

He wasn't arrested, but was instead taken to a hospital for a mental evaluation.

Wheeler said he was suffering from personal issues and apologized for his actions in March, 2016.

"I regret what I did. I apologized to my coach, my teammates and fans. I did have personal issues," he said in a statement.

Why was he undrafted in NFL?

Wheeler was a four-year starter at left tackle at USC from 2013 to 2016.

He was an All-Pac-12 selection as a senior and second-team All-Pac-12 as a junior, according to the Seattle Times.

But Wheeler was not drafted out of USC due to injuries and questions which emerged in news reports about his past, according to reports.

On January 23, 2021, Wheeler and his girlfriend were reportedly involved in a domestic dispute, during which he allegedly asked her to bow down to him, according to a police report.

It is unclear if she obliged, but the violent assault allegedly occurred shortly after his request.

According to the New York Post, she allegedly sent text messages to someone detailing the assault, writing: “He thought I was dead on my bed and continued to eat dinner.

"When I ran into the bathroom, he said, ‘Wow, you’re still alive’ while sipping on a smoothie."

Wheeler was arrested and booked into King County Jail on January 26 in Washington, but was later released after posting $400,000 bond.

A day after the alleged assault, Wheeler apologized to his girlfriend and her family and expressed "remorse" for the pain and suffering he caused them.

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