Erik Walden – Green Bay Packers Erik Walden was arrested on battery charges early Friday morning and will be in the Brown County Jail until at least Monday afternoon.
The NFL player was being held on suspicion of felony substantial battery with a domestic violence enhancer, according to an in-take officer at the jail. Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the courts were closed Friday and the linebacker won’t be able to go in front of a judge for an initial appearance until after 2:30 p.m. Monday, she said.
Coach Mike McCarthy gave the players Friday through Monday off following their Thanksgiving Day victory over the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.
The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported Friday that Walden, 26, had been arrested for allegedly assaulting his live-in girlfriend at their apartment in Lawrence, a small town outside of Green Bay. He was brought to the Brown County Jail at around 8 a.m.
Hobart-Lawrence police Chief Randy Bani told the Press-Gazette that the incident took place about 2:30 a.m. and that the woman involved called authorities about 6:30 a.m.
According to Bani, the woman was treated at St. Vincent Hospital for a cut and bump on her head as well as an injured right hand. Erik was taken into custody after she was treated.
Neither Bani nor any other officer with the Hobart-Lawrence police immediately returned phone and email messages.
Channel 26 in Green Bay reported that the woman said the incident was a misunderstanding. She told the station that the two were arguing when she tripped and hit her head on the bed.
The team issued this statement: “The Packers organization is aware of the situation involving Erik Walden. We are in the process of gathering more information and will refrain from making any further comment.”
The incident could cost Walden a fine or worse. The NFL has a personal conduct policy that doesn’t require a player to be convicted of a crime to be subject to penalty. Suspensions are generally used for those with multiple infractions. Erik does not have any prior charges in Wisconsin, according to online court records, and there are no reports of him being in trouble previously.