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Bengals' Foley charged with domestic violence
Posted: Monday February 07, 2000 06:53 PM
Foley, a 6-foot-3, 260-pound player, was arrested Saturday. Police say he kicked open the door to the apartment where his son and the child's mother live, then grabbed the woman by the neck because she did not want Foley to take the boy for pizza.
"I really can't comment right now except to say this is nothing like those other football player arrests that we've been reading about," said Foley's agent, attorney Todd Newman of Monroe.
Foley denied the charges, and told officials that the door had been broken for about a year.
"I don't think this will be going much further," Newman said. "I feel quite certain everything will pan out. Steve said the door was broken and we obviously feel we have proof of that."
Newman said that Foley had not attacked the woman, either.
"This is an unfortunate situation," Newman said. "He just got back in town to visit his kid, like he always does. He did not in any way touch her. When he showed up, she started bad-mouthing him in front of the kid and then slammed the door on him."
Foley then waited outside until deputies arrived, Newman said.
Newman would not identify the woman or reveal the age of the boy. Sheriff's department officials were unavailable Monday.
Police records show that Foley, of Little Rock, Ark., also was arrested in Ouachita Parish in April after failing to appear in court for a child support hearing. Following that arrest, Foley was released on $2,000 bond, but was arrested again the next morning by Louisiana State Police, who charged him with driving while intoxicated and making an improper turn.
The child support hearing was a misunderstanding, Newman said.
"The support was supposed to be taken out of Steve's paycheck," Newman said. "He only gets four checks a year. We thought they would take the entire sum out of those checks, but they didn't and when the checks stopped, they thought he was trying to dodge them."
Foley pleaded guilty to the DWI charge, but has 'paid everything, did everything and gone to all the programs they wanted him to go to,' Newman said.
Foley, from Louisiana-Monroe, was drafted by the Bengals in the third round in 1998 and converted to a linebacker. This season, he had 3 1/2 sacks and two fumble recoveries for the Bengals, who finished 4-12.