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Miami Dolphins CUT RB Mark Walton Hours After Felony Battery Arrest For Allegedly Punching Pregnant Girlfriend

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Miami Dolphins running back Mark Walton was let go hours after he was arrested on a felony battery charge. The reason? He allegedly punched his pregnant girlfriend in the head. More inside…

In very disturbing news, another NFL player has been released from the league for violence. Allegedly.

Suspended Miami Dolphins running back Mark Walton was released hours after he was arrested this morning on a felony charge of aggravated battery of a pregnant woman. If found guilty, he faces a 15-year maximum sentence. It was his fourth arrest in less than a year.

The 22-year-old NFL player has reportedly been accused of pushing his pregnant girlfriend, who told police she’s five weeks into her pregnancy, into a wall and punching her several times in the face and head, leaving her with a swollen eye. He has been booked into Broward County Jail.

 

 

ESPN reports:

The officer called to the scene observed swelling to the woman's left eye. The woman is five weeks pregnant, and Walton is the father. She told officers that she had told Walton about the pregnancy on Sunday.

The alleged aggravated battery occurred at 4:15 a.m. Tuesday in Davie, Florida, after an argument.

A message to Walton's agent for a response was not immediately returned.

The second-year player will have to go before a judge before he can be released.

The Miami Dolphins organization released a statement about dropping the RB:

 

 

“We were made aware of a police matter earlier this morning regarding Mark Walton. We hold our players to a high standard and take these matters very seriously. We will have no further comment at this time,” General Manager Chris Grier said in a statement.

The NFL running back was released from the team 7 hours after his arrest. He had already served two games of a four-game suspension for violating the NFL conduct and substance abuse policies following three arrests last off-season in his hometown of Miami. Sheesh! He was issued the suspenion two weeks ago and he had been eligible to return December 2nd. The Dolphins signed Mark back in May, just one month after the Cincinnati Bengals released him because of the earlier arrests.

“I think people deserve a second chance,” Dolphins coach Brian Flores said after signing Mark. “I don’t want to judge people based on one incident, two incidents.”

Mark's defense attorney, Michael A. Gottlieb, declined to comment.

We hate to see it.

Photo: AP

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