Chad Wheeler took to Twitter last week and apologized for the things he was accused was as he stated he would be stepping away from football to work on himself after the brutal assault of his girlfriend.
On Monday, the former Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman pleaded not guilty to three criminal charges stemming from the alleged attack of his girlfriend that left her with a dislocated arm and other injuries.
Aside from entering his plea, Wheeler was ordered to remain in Washington on electronic home detention with a GPS-equipped ankle monitoring device as a condition of his pretrial release.
According to Komo News, his girlfriend was present at the hearing and a victim’s advocate read a statement from her that said, in part: “I want you to know that I believe that as long as (Wheeler) is not in custody I am not safe.”
Wheeler apologized on Twitter, writing, “Events happened over the weekend that transpired from a manic episode. I am deeply sorry for the pain and suffering that I have caused to Alleah and her family.”
The drama kicked off at an apartment after Wheeler told his girlfriend to bow to her, but when she refused, he attacked her by choking her unconscious and busting blood vessels in the back of her throat.
When she finally came to, Wheeler reportedly said, “Wow, you’re still alive?”
His trial was set to begin April 6.