Carolina Panthers linebacker Damien Wilson will be charged after his ex-girlfriend claimed he threatened to kill her with tire irons and destroyed her laptop, police said.
Wilson, a 28-year-old linebacker signed by the Panthers last month, was arrested in Frisco, Texas last week for assaulting a family member, police told the Dallas Morning News.
Wilson’s ex-girlfriend Ryan Sokolosky told the newspaper he showed up at her apartment drunk and angry after she broke up with him.
The couple began dating in March 2020 but later split before getting back together in February, according to Sokolosky, who gave the newspaper permission to publish her name.
But Sokolosky caught the 6-foot-1, 245-pound Wilson cheating on her with another woman and went to his house to get her things, she said.
She later went back to her apartment, where she saw that Wilson had damaged her patio, and took her dogs back to her car with a friend. Wilson then emerged from nearby bushes, holding a tire lever, and threatened to kill her, Sokolosky said.
A friend of Sokolosky’s then ran back to her apartment and Wilson followed her before choking the woman inside. He then exited the unit while keeping a blanket wrapped around what Wilson claimed was Sokolsky’s cat before slamming it to the floor, according to the report.
“I was screaming like I was being skinned alive,” Wilson’s ex recalled.
However, the cat was not in the blanket. Inside was Sokolsky’s laptop, which was destroyed, she said. Wilson then jumped in his car and attempted to run over his ex-girlfriend before driving off. Sokolsky said she obtained a protective order against Wilson.
“He thinks it’s all a joke because he’s rich and he thinks he’s going to get out of anything,” Sokolsky told the Dallas Morning News.
Meanwhile, Wilson’s attorney denied the allegations.
“Damien Wilson did not commit any physical harm,” attorney Toby Shook told the newspaper. “We look forward to any facts that come out so his name can be cleared.”
The Panthers are aware of Wilson’s arrest but have not commented on the incident. Wilson was still listed in the team’s roster as of early Tuesday.
Wilson, an eight-year NFL veteran who won a Super Bowl with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2020, was accused of threatening a man with a gun outside Frisco’s Toyota Stadium in 2017 after a woman said he was with his truck backed into her.
The former Dallas Cowboys draft pick was arrested for aggravated assault in what he described as a traffic incident, but a grand jury declined to indict him, the Dallas Morning News reported.
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