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.