Willie McGinest, a former standout for the New England Patriots, was arrested on an assault charge following an incident in a bar.
Three-time Super Bowl winner Willie McGinest was arrested in Los Angeles on Monday, December 10, on a charge of assault with a deadly weapon stemming from an altercation that occurred on December 9 at a West Hollywood nightclub, according to several reports.
McGinest, who is now a studio analyst for NFL Network, reportedly turned himself in to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Monday morning and was jailed after giving a statement.
A man named McGinest approaches another man at a table at Delilah in West Hollywood in a 2:34 video clip obtained by TMZ. The former NFL player approaches the man, leans in to have a conversation, and then is punched in the face by McGinest. McGinest seems to take up a bottle and strike the claimed victim in the head, and he is joined in the assault by several other individuals.
According to NBC News, the 51-year-old has secured $30,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.
Additional information was not available right away.
“We have seen the shocking footage and are aware of the occurrence. A spokesman for NFL Network told The Post that Willie McGinest would not be appearing on the network until the investigation was complete.
After being drafted fourth overall by New England in 2004 out of USC, McGinest enjoyed a successful 15-year NFL career as a defensive end and linebacker.
The Patriots had him from 1994 to 2004, and the Browns had him from 2006 to 2008. In his regular season career, he recorded 86 sacks, 581 solo tackles, and 16 caused fumbles.
McGinest, a candidate for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2022 and the current holder of the NFL playoffs record with 16 sacks, received support from former Patriots defensive back Ty Law in August.
Where does Willie McGinest fit in? The Athletic was the one who was questioned by Law. I believe he still has the record for most career sacks in the postseason, which is when it really counts. A feat of such magnitude deserves praise. It’s high time, if you ask me.