November 18, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Arizona Cardinals inside linebacker Daryl Washington (58) celebrates with linebacker Stewart Bradley (55) after an interception in the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons won 23-19. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
Arizona Cardinals LB Daryl Washington was officially charged by Phoenix Police on Friday for his role in a domestic dispute with his ex-girlfriend. He was charged with two counts of aggravated assault. He later posted bond. If he is found guilty of the charges, then there should be no question, Washington will be done as an Arizona Cardinal.
As much as it pains me, pains all of us, there is just simply no excuse for injuring another person, no matter the reason behind it. He let his situation get the best of him after an argument and now he is going to have to answer for his actions.
For their part, the Arizona Cardinals issued a statement saying they know these are serious accusations and are monitoring the situation closely. Washington tweeted out an apology to teammates and fans, however, an apology will no undo the damage done. Even if he is somehow cleared of the charges or pleas to lesser charges, we all know details of what occurred. He pushed his ex-girlfriend, the mother of his child, from behind, causing her to break her collarbone. Can’t take that back. It happened.
It is disappointing for fans to see this happening to a player with so much talent like D-Wash. He is already facing a suspension for the first four games of the 2013 season. Now this. I’m afraid it is the end of the road for Mr. Washington in Arizona. Zero tolerance though his type of action. There is never any justification for hitting, choking, pushing, injuring a woman or any other human for that matter. He represents a professional franchise on and off the field. What a shame it came down to this.