Guice, 23, was charged this month with strangulation, assault and battery, and destruction of property. He was arraigned on the charges Friday during a brief hearing in Loudoun County Circuit Court.
The Washington Football Team released Guice soon after the charges were filed. On Friday, a team spokesman released the following statement in response to questions about the search warrant: “We will refer you to our August 7th statement on the release of Derrius Guice which stated that the Washington Football Team learned of domestic violence-related allegations against Derrius on the day prior to his release. … We cannot confirm or deny any information regarding a private health-related matter for one of our current or former players.”
Guice’s attorney, Peter D. Greenspun, issued a statement that read: “As we have stated repeatedly, this case will not be tried through the media, where speculation and innuendo replace facts. Search warrant affidavits, by their very nature, are adversarial, one-sided, and replete with conclusions, opinions, and false and out-of-context assertions. Derrius continues to deny the allegations that have been brought against him. We will confront all of this in the courtroom, where the actual facts will be presented, leading to the dismissal of these charges. Derrius appreciates and thanks the many supporters who have reached out to him, and looks forward to the conclusion of this ordeal.“
On March 12, Guice’s then-girlfriend went to MGM National Harbor casino in Maryland for a girls’ night and a photo was posted on social media, according to the search warrant. Guice then went to the casino with another man. Guice was upset that his girlfriend was “wearing tight pants/looking cheap and drinking,” according to the search warrant.
Guice and his girlfriend left the casino in his Range Rover and he began to pull the woman’s hair, according to the search warrant. The assault continued on the way to Guice’s home in Ashburn.
Once there, Guice grabbed his girlfriend by the throat while she was lying on a bed in his bedroom, according to the search warrant. The woman lost consciousness, and the next thing she could recall was Guice patting her face and saying “baby baby baby wake up wake up,” according to the search warrant.
The woman told investigators that she opened her eyes and Guice said, “I thought I lost you.” The woman immediately left, according to the search warrant.
In the encounters in February and April, Guice is accused of pushing his then-girlfriend to the ground inside and outside his house. The woman suffered injuries in both incidents, and in the latter incident Guice also smashed her cellphone on the street outside of his home, according to charging documents.
During Friday’s arraignment, Guice waived his right to have the five charges against him read. He appeared via video on a computer screen that could be seen only by the judge, and he did not address the charges or make any statements. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Oct. 1.
Before he was released, Guice was set to begin his third season with Washington after being selected in the second round of the 2018 draft. Coach Ron Rivera said the team took the allegations “very, very seriously.”