Tennessee fourth-round pick Rashad Weaver has been charged with simple assault in Allegheny County, Pa., according to a report from TV station WKRN (Nashville, Tenn.).
The charge against Weaver — a first-degree misdemeanor in Pennsylvania that carries a maximum prison sentence of five years and a $10,000 fine — was filed on Friday, one day before the Titans selected him in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft. According to court documents retrieved by WKRN, Weaver is accused of punching a woman in the head at 2:30 a.m. on April 18 in Pittsburgh, where he played college football at Pitt.
The arresting officer, Anderson O’Kelly, stated in a police report that he and another officer responded to a woman lying on the ground, surrounded by a group of people. Those on the scene said Weaver punched her; one person, identified as the woman’s friend, said they saw him punch her in the head. Another person said he didn’t see who attacked her, but that she fell to the ground.
O’Kelly in his report noted that he “observed no injury consistent with a punch to the head.”
The complaint against Weaver notes that, approximately five minutes before the alleged incident, Weaver and the woman had a verbal argument in which they had to be separated by officers. The two then left the bar where they had argued. According to the complaint, Weaver told other officers on the scene before leaving that “he had no problem hitting a female if they needed it.”
O’Kelly wrote in his report that he contacted the woman a week after the incident; she reportedly stayed at Ohio Valley Hospital, where she was diagnosed with a concussion, after throwing up on April 22. She also said was pregnant at the time Weaver allegedly punched her, which the hospital could verify.
The Titans released this statement when asked for comment on the charges against Weaver: “We were made aware of this news this morning. We obviously take this seriously and are in the process of gathering details and working with the league.”
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