NFL Suspends Player For 6 Games For Domestic Violence Prosecutor Won't Charge

Seattle Seahawk Jarran Reed was suspended for six games despite not being charged in a domestic violence incident

Bellevue, WA – Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Jarran Reed was suspended for the first six games of the 2019 season due to a 2017 domestic violence case that violated the National Football League’s personal conduct policy.

ESPN reported that although Reed was accused of assault, he was not charged with the crime or arrested.

The NFL’s personal conduct policy allows it to suspend players regardless of the legal status of an accusation.

The Bellevue Police Department recommend charging Reed with fourth-degree assault, but the city prosecutor’s office didn’t charge Reed because it felt there wasn’t enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt according to the Seattle Times.

The city prosecutors redacted the reason they didn’t file charges against Reed in a 57-page police report that was given to the Seattle Times last Monday.

Reed was not arrested or charged and that raised questions why the NFL suspended Reed about 27 months after the incident occurred on April 27, 2017, according to the Seattle Times.

The City of Bellevue released a statement that read: “In 2017, after a careful review of the case, prosecutors believed there was insufficient evidence to prove ‘beyond a reasonable doubt’ the alleged crime. As with all criminal cases, prosecutors take any incident related to domestic violence very seriously.”

The city said it redacted part of the report explaining why it didn’t charge Reed due to state laws regarding attorney/client discussions, according to the Seattle Times.

The police report stated that Reed, who is 6-foot-3 and 306 pounds, was with a 21-year-old woman who claimed to be his girlfriend. Reed allegedly grabbed her by the throat and pulled her into a bedroom after an argument, according to the Seattle Times.

The woman said that Reed later grabbed her by the wrist and dragged her across the bedroom floor and down a couple of stairs. The woman broke free and called police.

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HAWAIIBLUE
HAWAIIBLUE

6 games big deal. F**k the NFL. Anything to make money. Now if the NFL wanted to really impress people, make a ruling that if convicted, you’re out of the league. Go play in Canada or Europe.

Stevewm
Stevewm

Sounds like some prosecutors picked up some extra cash!

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

"Seattle Seahawk Jarran Reed was suspended for six games despite not being charged in a domestic violence incident"

give him time ........as he will likely do the same again . Maybe next time he will be charged and 6 games turns into 12 games or is fired.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Are members of the NFL not entitled to due process? He didn't commit a crime, yet he's suspended for 6 games? An accusation is not a conviction (and opens up the potential for blackmail, especially from an unhappy ex), and even the prosecutor said " there wasn’t enough evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt."

This is no different than all the LEOs who were fired due to social media postings who were not afforded the right to defend themselves nor able to have a 3rd party evaluate whether or not a rule was actual broken. This is a bad ruling, and I hope the players union is able to appeal the decision.

amtexas
amtexas

Maybe the next time he does it'll be a family member of yours and then we'll see if you change your mind!