NFL linebacker Michael Boley was secretly arrested for child abuse in February, and now he has reached a plea deal with an Alabama court
, TMZ reported.
Boley, who started Super Bowl XLVI for the New York Giants who is now a free agent, was released from the team Feb. 5, three days before he was quietly arrested for a 2011 incident in Alabama involving his son, who was 5 years old at the time. Sources told TMZ the abuse was not sexual in nature, but physical.
At the time, Boley's attorney dismissed the claims as nothing more than an attempt by Boley's son's mother to get more child support.
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"These allegations were brought to our attention along with outrageous monetary demands in a contested child support case which she filed over a year ago," attorney Randall M. Kessler said in a statement at the time. "At final trial about a month ago, she did not seek an order restricting visitation. The only relief she requested from the judge was that child support be more than quintupled to, in her words, 'increase her lifestyle.'"
Shortly after, a Georgia woman who also has a child with Boley, 30, filed a complaint asking a court that his visitations with the child be supervised.
Now, Boley has struck a plea deal with prosecutors. Court officials in Etowah County, Ala., tell TMZ Boley pled guilty to child abuse and in exchange, he was ordered to enroll in a pre-trial diversion program. The charge would be dropped upon completion of the program.
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Boley has had other skirmishes with the law. In 2009 he was arrested and charged with three counts of domestic battery for allegedly beating his ex-wife. He was accused of pushing his wife against a wall, throwing her over a couch, and shoving her into a kitchen cabinet door, leaving bruises on her upper back.
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