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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Apr 10, 2014

Earlier in March, Arizona Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington pled guilty to charges of aggravated assault. Although Washington initially pled not guilty to the charges in May, he now faces the possibility of two years in prison following this most recent turn of events.

Police initially investigated Washington following a May 1st phone call from the mother of Washington’s children who reported the assault. Washington allegedly pushed the woman with both hands, causing her to fall and break her collarbone.

According to the Maricopa County Superior Court, the serious charges stemmed from an Ahwatukee domestic violence incident the previous year, an incident involving Washington’s now ex-girlfriend. His potential incarceration promises to jeopardize his future in the National Football League.

This isn’t the first time Washington has made headlines for legal issues. The 27-year-old was suspended in 2013 for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. It’s likely he will face additional punishment from the league for his aggravated assault, ranging from further suspension or fines.

Sporting fans are quick to point out Washington’s talent, one of the NFL’s most skilled linebackers. He recently inked a new six-year contract with team in the summer of 2012. Now it seems the legal blemish will be the first thing that comes to mind for fans when Washington’s name enters conversation.

A spokesperson for the Arizona Cardinals said team officials have no comment on the issue as it’s considered an ongoing legal matter. Washington will be sentenced late April.