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NFL player charged with assault in Charlotte

Rodney Austin, who spent three years on the Detroit Lions’ practice squad before being cut on April 21, was arrested on a domestic assault charge earlier in the month, according to police.
Rodney Austin, who spent three years on the Detroit Lions’ practice squad before being cut on April 21, was arrested on a domestic assault charge earlier in the month, according to police.

Rodney Austin, who spent three years on the Detroit Lions’ practice squad before being cut on Tuesday, was arrested on a domestic assault charge earlier this month, according to police.

Austin is charged with misdemeanor assault on a female, misdemeanor larceny, interfering with emergency communication and misdemeanor child abuse in connection with a case in south Charlotte.

Austin was cut from the Lions on Tuesday, according to the Detroit Free Press. It was unclear if the decision was connected to his arrest.

The incident happened on April 5 at 2:20 a.m. on Cameron Forest Lane, near Sharon Road and Quail Hollow Road.

When officers arrived, the alleged victim said “she had been pushed to the floor by Mr. Austin while she was holding their infant child,” according to a news release by Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. The woman told police Austin prevented her from calling 911 by damaging her phone and taking the device from her.

There were no signs of injury and police did not witness an assault, so the responding officers told the woman how she could obtain warrants on Austin.

On Thursday, the woman went to the Mecklenburg County Magistrate’s office and obtained arrest warrants for Austin, who turned himself in at the Sheriff’s office the next day.

He was released Friday on $2,250 bond. His next court appearance is on June 5.

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