The Dolphins on Tuesday waived running back Mark Walton hours after he was arrested and charged with battery of a pregnant woman.
Walton, 22, allegedly pushed and punched the woman in the head multiple times early Tuesday morning, per a police report, which also states the woman is pregnant with Walton’s child.
According to the police report, Walton was arrested by Davie police at 4:15 a.m. ET on Tuesday, The woman is five weeks pregnant, and Walton recently learned she was pregnant with his child.
Per the South Florida Sun Sentinel, aggravated battery on a pregnant woman “is a second-degree felony that could result in up to 15 years in prison in Florida.”
The Dolphins released a statement on the running back.
“I think it’s an unfortunate situation,” Walton’s attorney Michael A. Gottlieb said Tuesday, via the Sun Sentinel. “It’s obviously in the very early stages, and we’re looking for a favorable outcome.”
Walton, who was originally drafted by the Bengals in 2018, was arrested three times in the 2019 offseason: once on a misdeameanor marijuana possession charge, once on a misdemeanor battery charge involving a neighbor and a third time on a misdemeanor weapons charge.
Stemming from those offseason arrests, the NFL on Nov. 4 suspended Walton four games for violating the league’s conduct and substance abuse policy.
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