On February 8, 2013, three days after being cut by the New York Giants, Michael Boley turned himself in to police for child abuse.
TMZ reported that as part of a plea bargain, Boley pleaded guilty to charges of child abuse. It has been reported that this abuse was of a physical, not sexual, nature. After, he was entered in a pre-trial diversion program, and upon completion the charges would be dropped.
The NY Daily News believes that the Giants released Boley without knowledge of the charges, though others suspect that Boley, who finished third on the Giants this past season with 84 tackles, was released because of his personal situation.
This isn’t the first time that the former Giant has been arrested due to abuse. In May 2008, Boley was arrested on domestic abuse charges for beating his wife, Chantelle. Although the case wasn’t pursued, Boley was forced to miss the first game of the 2009 season for violating the NFL‘s Personal Conduct Policy.
Boley has also had previous conflict surrounding the support of his children. In 2011 he was accused of abusing his five-year-old son and was investigated by police. Later, the case went to the district attorney for Gadsden, Alabama. It is currently unknown whether his latest arrest stems from these allegations.
In the same year, Boley was also sued by the mother of his sons to receive “five times the child support” she was receiving from the NFL player. Around that time, another woman in Georgia asked a judge that Boley be supervised when he visited their two-year-old son.
Boley, a free agent, is coming off one of his best seasons with three interceptions and two fumble recoveries in addition to his tackle count. Though, according to coach Tom Coughlin, Boley was an “integral part of our Super Bowl XLVI championship team,” it seems unlikely he will play for the Giants in 2013.