The Pittsburgh Steelers needed their Week 7 bye in a bad way. The list of players who were nursing injuries was long and a week away seemed to be just what the doctor ordered. What also can happen when away from the team facility and team activities are players who find themselves into off-field trouble/situations.
This was the case when Steelers’ reserve outside linebacker Anthony Chickillo was arrested early Sunday morning on charges of simple assault, criminal mischief and harassment. News hit the wire late Sunday, and the Steelers director of Public Relations, Burt Lauten, released the following statement:
“We are aware of the incident involving Anthony Chickillo last night and are still gathering information. Until we have further details we will not provide any further comment,” the Steelers said.
As more information is uncovered, more details of what led to this unfortunate series of events comes to light. KDKA in Pittsburgh has released new details of the incident, and it shows an altercation between Chickillo and his girlfriend, Alysha Newman.
This is what KDKA had to say about the incident:
According to the criminal complaint, Chickillo was arrested today by the Uniontown Pennsylvania State Police.
Police say the arrest was from a domestic dispute that happened at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort with his girlfriend, Alysha Newman.
Chickillo says the argument became physical when Newman hit him in the head.
Newman says she punched Chickillo in the head after he grabbed her and forced her against the door and wall in the room. She had injuries on her biceps.
The Steelers say they are still gathering information regarding the arrest.
Chickillo was released on $10,000 bail, and will face a preliminary court hearing on October 30th. At this time it is unclear what the Steelers’ plans are for the player they drafted in the 6th round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they turn their attention to the Miami Dolphins coming to Heinz Field in Week 8 on Monday Night Football.