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Seahawks offensive lineman Chad Wheeler thought his girlfriend was dead after allegedly choking her unconscious — and was shocked she survived, a police report shows.
Wheeler, a backup offensive tackle who played for the Giants from 2017 to 2019, was arrested early Saturday on suspicion of felony domestic violence after his girlfriend told cops he assaulted her at an apartment in Kent, the Seattle Times reported.
Officers responded to the residence and found the woman locked in a bathroom after a “physical fight” with Wheeler. She told cops during a 911 call that she was being “killed” and had a dislocated arm. The Seahawks lineman had been taking medication for bipolar disorder, but recently stopped taking it, the police report shows.
Wheeler, who is listed at 6 feet, 7 inches and 310 pounds, was surprised when his girlfriend regained consciousness after the alleged attack, according to the report.
“Wow you’re alive?” Wheeler asked her.
Photos purported to be battered woman circulating on Twitter showed her with a bloodied nose while at a hospital. Text messages allegedly sent by her indicated how “cold” Wheeler was during the alleged attack.
“He thought I was dead on my bed and continued to eat dinner,” the message read. “When I ran into the bathroom, he said, ‘Wow, you’re still alive” while sipping on a smoothie.”
The assault took place after Wheeler asked his girlfriend to bow to him, the police report indicates.
The Seahawks told ESPN Tuesday that team officials were aware of the situation and were “still gathering” information.
Wheeler was released from the King County Jail on Tuesday after posting $400,000 bond, online records show.
He’s due back in court Wednesday for a probable cause hearing. A judge ordered Wheeler not to contact the victim or to possess weapons during a hearing on Monday, the Seattle Times reported.
In 2015, Wheeler was detained by Los Angeles police while a student-athlete at USC, where he was punching walls and windows while under the influence. He was not arrested, but taken to a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.
Wheeler played in five games for the Seahawks last season and is now a restricted free agent.
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