Chad Wheeler is a dangerous man.
The former Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman violated a court order and removed an electronic home monitoring device in an incident Sunday.
Wheeler was already facing domestic violence charges stemming from an incident with his ex-girlfriend. He was released by the Seahawks after his arrest and has not been with an NFL team since.
According to court documents obtained by ESPN’s Brady Henderson, Wheeler’s defense attorney said his 28-year-old client experienced a “mental health crisis” on the evening of July 31 when he took off his clothes, removed the home monitoring device from his ankle and began wandering around the streets of a Seattle suburb.
A friend eventually found Wheeler and called for help. Wheeler was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation and released the following morning, according to Henderson.
He appeared in court on Tuesday and prosecutors argued with a judge to raise his bail and should be kept in custody but to no avail.
Wheeler’s court date for his domestic violence charges is set for Sept. 26. Wheeler was charged with first-degree domestic violence, domestic violence unlawful imprisonment, and resisting arrest from a January 2021 incident.
He pleaded not guilty to those charges.