Buffalo Bills rookie linebacker Tyrel Dodson was arrested last weekend in Arizona on charges that included domestic violence, according to a police report obtained by The Buffalo News.
He was arraigned Sunday on three misdemeanor charges: disorderly conduct, assault/domestic violence and damage to property of less than $2,000. The arrest was first reported Thursday by TMZ.
"We are aware of the incident involving Tyrel Dodson last weekend," the Bills said in statement. "We have been looking further into the matter and will continue to gather information as the legal process continues."
According to the police report, Dodson was arrested at a nightclub after his girlfriend told police he had gotten physical with her during an altercation. Scottsdale police responded to a call at 7:33 p.m. Saturday. Upon arrival, the alleged victim told the responding officer that she had gotten upset with Dodson because he vomited on the carpet inside her bedroom.
The report states that Dodson apologized and told her he had drank too much. The victim then asked to be left alone so she could get ready to go to work, but Dodson "approached and grabbed her forcefully by the front of her towel and shoved her against the wall telling her to stop talking to him like that." The alleged victim responded by slapping Dodson, who is accused of then slapping her back.
The report goes on to state that Dodson then apologized for slapping the alleged victim, and told here that "he didn't want to be without her and stated that he would kill himself." The alleged victim then left the apartment. When she returned, Dodson was sitting on her bed, so she told police she locked herself in the bathroom, but he "forcefully" pushed the door open, causing the door to the hit alleged victim on the right side of her head.
Dodson is then accused of shoving the alleged victim to the ground before a neighbor who had heard the dispute tried to intervene. The alleged victim told police she jumped out of the patio to leave the apartment before Dodson also left. Upon returning, she told police that her keys and $500 in cash were missing from her purse, as well as between $8,000 and $15,000 that was kept in a safe underneath her bed.
Dodson, who is due in court June 18 for a pretrial conference, was ordered not to consume any alcohol, possess any weapons or initiate any contact with the woman. He was released on his own recognizance.
The police report states that Dodson denied there was a physical altercation during a phone conversation with the responding officer, and said that he had only taken $1,000 of money that they shared. He told police that his girlfriend became upset when she read a text message on his phone.
Dodson, 20, signed with the Bills as an undrafted free agent after leaving Texas A&M following his junior season. He started 12 games for the Aggies and was third on the team with 61 total tackles last fall. As a sophomore, he had a team-high 105 tackles with eight passes defensed.
Dodson was at the Bills' organized team activity Tuesday when reporters were allowed to watch practice.
The police report also states that the alleged victim was given a "lethality assessment" questionnaire. She answered "yes" to the questions of "do you feel the violence against you is escalating in severity" and "is your partner jealous or does he/she try to control you?"
After being escorted out of Mint nightclub by security, Dodson showed the arresting officer a small red mark on the top of his right cheek that he said was caused by the alleged victim slapping him. He also told police that his manager had given the alleged victim the $1,000 that he had taken back.
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