Former Washington Redskins player George Starke, a leader of the feared offensive line dubbed “The Hogs,” was arrested Monday at an upscale District hotel and charged with hitting his wife during an argument over attending the White House Easter Egg Roll.
Starke, 67, who played for the Redskins from 1973 to 1984 and helped the team win a Super Bowl in 1983, was charged with simple assault. He was released pending a court appearance May 27. The incident occurred about 7:30 p.m. at the W Hotel in the 500 block of 15th Street NW, one block from the White House.
Starke, who is 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighs 255 pounds, told police that his wife got upset with him when he went drinking with friends at the Prime Rib restaurant, according to the affidavit. He told police “he was not able to” take his family to Monday’s Easter Egg Roll.
The court document states that Starke, who showed police a California driver’s license, told officers his wife jumped on his back and pulled his hair, and that he then admitted to hitting his wife. The wife told police that the two struggled and that Starke hit her in the face with his right hand, knocking her onto a bed. The couple’s daughter told police, “Daddy hit mommy.”
Police said the wife suffered a small cut over her right eye and was treated by medics. She declined to go to a hospital, police said.
Starke could not be reached for comment Wednesday. An attorney listed for him in D.C. Court documents also could not be reached.