WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Washington Football Team has released running back Derrius Guice after learning that he was arrested on domestic violence charges.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department told The Associated Press that Guice was arrested on one count of strangulation, three counts of assault and battery and one count of destruction of property. Strangulation is a Class 6 felony in Virginia.
"On Thursday we learned of a potential domestic violence-related incident involving RB Derrius Grice," officials said in a statement on Friday. "We immediately alerted the National Football League and have continued to work with them during this process."
Guice was then informed that he was released from all team activities pending a review of the matter.
But on Friday, officials learned of the multiple domestic violence charges against him and released him from the team.
“This afternoon we learned that there were multiple charges filed against Derrius,” the statement said. “Upon review of the nature of these charges and following internal discussions, we have decided to release Derrius immediately.”
We have released RB Derrius Guice pic.twitter.com/L3mOP8GCIX— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) August 7, 2020
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department said the incidents were reported to the Montgomery County Police Department in Maryland where the victim lives. Loudoun officials then learned July 22 that they happened in their jurisdiction in February, March and April.
Guice, 23, turned himself in and was released on $10,000 bond, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
Washington selected Guice in the second round of the 2018 draft out of LSU. The Louisiana native tore the ACL in his left knee in the preseason and didn’t make his pro debut until 2019.
Guice played in just five games last season after injuring his his right knee and then his left knee again. He was expected to be a part of Washington’s backfield and was signed through the 2021 season as part of his rookie contract.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.