Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill arrested in domestic assault case
Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill was arrested late Saturday night after police responded to a domestic dispute at his Issaquah home.
Seattle Times staff reporter
Seahawks linebacker Leroy Hill was arrested Saturday night after police responded to a report of a domestic dispute at his home in Issaquah.
Police responded just before midnight on Saturday, and observed Hill's girlfriend with "obvious marks and injuries indicating an assault had occurred," according to a release from the Issaquah Police Department. The police stated Hill's girlfriend, who lived with him, alleged Hill caused the injuries.
He was arrested and taken to the Issaquah City Jail for investigation of misdemeanor assault. Hill was not included among the online listing of inmates Monday afternoon, indicating he had been released. A date for his arraignment could not be determined.
The Seahawks released a statement from general manager John Schneider regarding the arrest.
"While we are still in the process of gathering information, we are aware of the situation involving Leroy Hill and take these issues very seriously," Schneider said in the statement. "We will wait to receive all the facts before commenting further."
Hill, 27, has played five seasons for the Seahawks, becoming a starter midway through the 2005 season. This is his second arrest in 16 months. He was arrested in Georgia in January 2009 on a misdemeanor charge after he was found with marijuana in a car. Hill pleaded guilty earlier this month and received 12 months probation.
Seattle re-signed Hill last season after his arrest in Georgia. It was a six-year contract worth a maximum of $36 million. He is scheduled to make $6 million in base salary next season.
Hill already might face league discipline for the case in Georgia.
Former Seahawks defensive tackle Rocky Bernard was arrested in 2008 and charged with misdemeanor domestic violence assault. Bernard was suspended for a game, despite the fact he was never convicted. Bernard's case was continued for two years with the understanding the case would be dismissed if he complied with the court's conditions.
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