Ten NFL players have been arrested for domestic issues since Dec. 1, 2012, when Jovan Belcher, a Kansas City Chiefs linebacker from West Babylon, shot and killed his girlfriend, Kasandra Perkins, and then turned the gun on himself later that morning. Here are the most recent.
ADRIAN PETERSON, Vikings
Indicted Sept. 12, 2014 and was charged with with one count of injury to a child. Was booked and released on $15,000 bond after surrendering to police the following day. Was deactivated by Vikings on Saturday. At a news conference on Sept. 13, 2014, Montgomery County, Texas, first assistant district attorney Phil Grant said Peterson could be sentenced to as many as two years in state jail, as well as a $10,000 fine.
RAY MCDONALD, 49ers
On Aug. 31, 2014, McDonald was taken into custody on suspicion of felony domestic violence after police responding to a disturbance call noticed marks on his pregnant fiancees arms and neck. McDonald has not been charged and his court date is set for Monday. He played in the 49ers opener and as of Sept. 13, 2014, neither the NFL nor the 49ers had taken action. McDonald was again taken into custody on May 25, 2015, on suspicion of domestic violence and child endangerment.
GREG HARDY, Panthers
On May 13, 2014, Hardy was arrested after police responded to a call and reported that a woman accused Hardy of assaulting her and threatening her. He was found guilty in July and is appealing. He played in the Panthers’ opener and as of Sept. 13, 2014, neither the NFL nor the Panthers had taken action.
RAY RICE, Ravens
On Feb. 2, 2014, Rice was arrested for striking Janay Palmer, his future wife, at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City. He was indicted for third-degree aggravated assault, charges that were later dropped after Rice agreed to undergo court-supervised counseling. He originally was suspended by the NFL for two games, then indefinitely after the Ravens terminated him.
A.J. JEFFERSON, Vikings
On Nov. 11, 2013, Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Police took Jefferson into custody on probable cause of domestic assault. He was cut by the Vikings hours later.
DARYL WASHINGTON, Cardinals
Received one year’s supervised probation after pleading guilty to the March 5, 2013, assault on his former girlfriend in which, according to court documents, he grabbed her by the throat and shoved her to the ground, causing a broken collarbone. Washington is serving a one-year suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.
AMARI SPIEVEY, Lions
Accused of third-degree assault, risk of injury to a child and disorderly conduct in dispute with girlfriend about child support after being arrested on March 26, 2013. The charges were dismissed after he completed a court-ordered education program. Played the 2013 season for Detroit, cut in 2014.
LEROY HILL, Seahawks
Arrested Jan. 1, 2013, and accused of third-degree assault and unlawful imprisonment in dispute with girlfriend. Charges were dropped.
CHRIS RAINEY, Steelers
Pleaded no-contest to disorderly conduct in connection with a Jan. 10, 2013 arrest in which he was accused of slapping his girlfriend. Cut by the Steelers and then by the Colts, he was signed to the Cardinals’ practice squad.
ROBERT SANDS, Bengals
Arrested Jan. 4, 2013, and charged with assault and domestic battery on his wife, who was treated for minor injuries at a Kentucky hospital. Sands was cut by the team in June.