On Friday, NFL running back, Derrius Guise turned himself into authorities after he picked up domestic violence charges related to three separate incidents.
The 23-year-old faces one felony count of strangulation, three counts of assault and battery, and one count of destruction of property, according to a spokesperson for the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office.
The Washington Post reports that the former Washington NFL player turned himself in after 5 p.m. on Friday. He was taken away in handcuffs from the facility’s parking lot and was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond, he was seen leaving the jail in his silver Range Rover around 7:30 p.m.
Less than two hours after he was taken into custody, the team released a statement claiming they discovered the allegations against Guise on Thursday and notified the NFL. Guise met with team officials who excused him from team activities while they conducted an investigation into the claims.
“This afternoon, we learned that there were multiple charges filed against Derrius,” the statement said. “Upon review of the nature of these charges and following internal discussions, we have decided to release Derrius immediately.”
Guise has hired attorney Peter D. Greenspun, a criminal attorney from Norfolk, Virginia, who represented D.C. sniper John Allen Muhammad in his capital murder case in 2003, as well as sportscaster Marv Albert on sodomy charges in 1997.
Greenspun was also seen arriving at the detention center shortly after authorities escorted Guise in.
“The investigators did not seek a statement or any input from Derrius before the warrants were issued,” Greenspun said in a statement obtained by The Washington Post on Friday. “The failure to fully investigate allegations of events, which allegedly took place months ago, is inexplicable. Based only on the assertion of these unsubstantiated charges, the Washington Football Team released Derrius, also without any inquiry as to what did or did not take place. Derrius … was released without a single question as to what occurred. 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.”
Guise accuser reported three incidents to the Montgomery County Police Department in Maryland, where the accused resides on July 22. Police claim the assaults took place on Feb. 14, March 13, and April 17 at Guice’s Ashburn home.
Guise has deleted his Twitter and Instagram accounts.
Guise could face discipline from the organization under its personal conduct policy. In the past, the NFL generally suspend players for six games related to domestic violence cases, but some penalties have been lighter or stricter.