Los Angeles Chargers player King Dunlap was arrested in Nashville Thursday on suspicion of violating a protective order obtained by his girlfriend of 12 years, Nashville’s News 2 reports.
The arrest came a week after Dunlap’s girlfriend, who is the mother of his two children, filed a petition with the Davidson County Circuit Court clerk alleging Dunlap had “snapped” the night of Feb. 9.
According to the documents obtained by News 2, Dunlap allegedly “started tossing the mattress and sheets over the deck” as the two argued. He then allegedly destroyed a bathroom door by “ripping it to shreds” before “coming out with a hammer in his hands” as Dunlap’s girlfriend said she was laying down to sleep on the couch.
The woman also alleged in the petition that this incident wasn’t singular but that “any confrontation between us will end up like this.”
As an example, Dunlap’s girlfriend alleged the 6-foot-8, 300-pound offensive lineman once “put his hands around my throat, and had me pinned up against the wall with my feet dangling, screaming in my face” during an incident several years ago when the couple lived in Philadelphia.
In a statement sent to News 2, Dunlap’s attorney Worrick Robinson denied there was anything “egregious” happening when the police were called on Thursday, but that Dunlap had stopped by the house to pick up some clothing while readying to travel to California to train. Robinson added it was the neighbors who phoned police around 9 p.m. after they spotted Dunlap’s car in the driveway.
“This event was a misunderstanding between the parties as to what was allowed under the order. They had been discussing a joint resolution,” Robinson told News 2. “Unfortunately a literal reading of the order meant absolutely no contact, and we trust the facts will resolve all issues in a favorable way for Mr. Dunlap.”
Dunlap, who was released from jail on a $1,000 bond, is due back in court next month for an initial hearing, according to the Tennessean.
Dunlap is readying for his fifth season with the Chargers, which recently relocated from San Diego to Los Angeles. Previously, he spent three seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, who drafted him in the seventh round in 2008.