Dallas Cowboys linebacker Damien Wilson blamed road rage for allegedly backing into a woman and then pulling out an AR-15 rifle after a Fourth of July celebration in Frisco, according to police documents, WFAA.com reported.
Wilson, a 2015 fourth-round draft pick out of Minnesota, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Police said Wilson, 24, “intentionally backed his truck into a female while parking, then brandished a rifle at another man.”
The incident happened in a parking lot outside Toyota Stadium, home of the FC Dallas soccer club.
A probable-cause affidavit released to The Dallas Morning News on Tuesday says a man flagged down officers in the stadium’s parking lot and told them someone in a red pickup struck his sister-in-law while parking and pulled out his rifle.
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The serious nature of the charges may put part or much of Wilson’s 2017 season in jeopardy of suspension.
Even if Wilson were to face a reduced charge or have the charges dropped, the NFL has a personal conduct policy that doesn’t need legal charges for a suspension to be levied.
Wilson was expected to be the Cowboys’ starting strongside linebacker when they are in their base 4-3 defense. There are potential replacements among free agent linebackers.