When the New York Giants won the Super Bowl a couple of years ago, one of the key cogs of that run on defense was Michael Boley. Boley provided some speed at linebacker, something the Giants hadn’t really had at the position. After a sub-par 2012, Boley was released, in part due to his $4.25 million cap hit. There were rumors of his return, but that all seems done now.
News came out earlier this week that Boley was arrested and charged with child abuse, three days after his release. He plead guilty to child abuse as a part of a plea agreement. He then entered a pre-trial diversion program, which would allow the charges to be dropped.
He was accused by the mother of his child of abuse back in 2011, in what appeared to be a part of a dispute over child support payments. He has also been arrested on allegations of spousal abuse back in 2009 and was suspended for his first game as a Giant for violating the personal conduct policy.
As I’ve said before, the Giants could use help at linebacker and bringing back Boley, who knows the system and played well in it would help. However, after these allegations, it makes it very hard for them to do that right now.
Allegations like this make it hard for a team to employ Boley right now. If he ends up being cleared, or if they end up being baseless, they could bring him back. Right now, bringing back someone with this kind of issue is just not smart.