Miami Dolphins star cornerback Xavien Howard was arrested on domestic violence charges Sunday night for allegedly roughing up his fiancée hours after the team’s upset win over the New England Patriots, according to reports.
Howard, 26, and his fiancée got into an argument over the recent purchase of a purse, which escalated into a physical spat, Fort Lauderdale’s Sun-Sentinel reported, citing a police report.
The Pro Bowler — who’s listed at 6-foot-1 and 198 pounds — allegedly grabbed his fiancée by the arm and shoved her against a mirrored glass wall in the bedroom of their Florida home, according to reports.
The alleged victim, who is not named in the report, then fell to the floor, crunching her right arm against Howard’s crutches, reports said.
Howard is recovering from a knee injury that kept him sidelined for most of the 2019 season after inking a five-year, $75 million contract extension coming into the campaign to make him the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL.
Howard reportedly complained of knee pain during his arrest, while his fiancée suffered scratches and redness to her right arm and wrist.
The couple lives together with their three children, according to ESPN.
The Florida state attorney’s office will determine whether there is sufficient evidence to prosecute the defensive back, according to The Sun-Sentinel.
Howard did not travel with the team to New England, where the lowly Dolphins pulled off a surprise 27-24 upset of the Patriots, costing the Pats a first-round bye in the upcoming NFL playoffs.
“We are aware of the situation and currently gathering information,” the Dolphins said in a statement to ESPN. “We will have no further comment at this time.”
The network noted that Howard’s representatives did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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