A Grand Jury in Alabama may soon be deciding whether to charge Giants linebacker Michael Boley for abusing his 5-year-old son earlier this year, TMZ.com reported.
According to the official incident report taken by the Gadsen Police Department in Alabama and cited by TMZ, Boley is accused of the repeated willful abuse of a child under 18 from May 30 to June 5. A representative for the Gadsden Police Department told the website that the case was “investigated and has been handed over to the District Attorney's Office, which will present the case to a Grand Jury. The Grand Jury will then decide if there is enough evidence to formally charge Boley with a crime.”
A Giants spokesman said the team is aware of the investigation and Boley is expected to play Sunday against the Redskins.
“These allegations were brought to our attention along with outrageous monetary demands in a contested child support case which she filed over a year ago,” Boley’s attorney, Randall M. Kessler, told TMZ. “At final trial about a month ago, she did not seek an order restricting visitation. The only relief she requested from the judge was that child support be more than quintupled to, in her words, ‘increase her lifestyle.’”
This isn’t the first time Boley has been accused of abuse. In 2008, when he was a member of the Atlanta Falcons, Boley was arrested and charged with three counts of domestic battery for allegedly beating his wife at the time, Chantelle. According to Gwinnett County, Ga., court records, that case ended when a judge upheld the prosecutor's motion for “nolle prosequi” – a Latin term that means “not to prosecute” -- and it never went to trial. Boley, however, was suspended for the 2009 opener, his first game with the Giants, because of the issue.
Boely had a disappointing first two seasons with the Giants, but this year emerged as a leader of the defense. He missed two games with a hamstring injury last month and has played part-time in the two previous games.
TMZ also reported that another woman who has a 2-year-old child with Boley has filed court papers in Georgia asking a judge to require him to be supervised when spending time with their child and the judge has not yet ruled on her request.