Already having a tough offseason, things might getting even worse for Daryl Washington. The Phoenix Police Department is an investigating a charge from a woman who claims the Arizona Cardinals star linebacker was part of an incident with the victim.
Here is some brief info on the matter from ArizonaSports.com.
When police arrived to the home in Ahwatukee on Wednesday Washington had left. Sources say there are clear indications the victim had been physically attacked.
No arrests have been made and police are looking for Washington.
Of course, this isn’t the first incident with Washington during this offseason. The 26-year-old was suspended by the league for the first four games of the 2013 regular season due to violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy.
Washington has also had issues with the law in the past. At the age of 17, D-Wash was put on probation after he and a group of buddies were involved in a fight and stole money from the lone victim.
Now, the facts of the case need to come out before everyone rushes out to judgment. This woman could very well be lying, which happens a lot when people with lots of money are accused of things.
If this lady is telling the truth however, it is hard to see Washington remaining in a Cardinals uniform for the long haul. Like the old saying goes, “you aren’t a man if you lay a finger on a woman.”
There is no question that Washington is one of the best inside linebackers in the game. In fact, the only guy who may be better than him resides in the NFC West and that man goes by the name of Patrick Willis.
Despite his immense talent, you can’t have a guy who continues to have troubles with the law remain on your roster. Instead of everyone focusing on his play on the field, they are going to look at what he is doing off of it. That becomes a giant distraction for a team.
The Cardinals will have to decide on whether they will want to pick up Washington’s $10 million option bonus following the end of the season. With his recent issues and the selection of Kevin Minter in the second round of the draft, Washington not being back in 2014 is starting to become a real possibility.