MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard is facing a domestic battery charge after his arrest on Sunday night.
Howard, 26, was arrested by Davie police at his home following an argument with the mother of his three children over the purchase of a purse.
Police said the bedroom argument turned physical when Howard grabbed both of her arms and pushed her back against a mirrored glass wall in the hallway of their bedroom.
“The allegation was that he had pushed her into a door or standing mirror then threw her down to the floor. There was some evidence that is consistent with some sort of struggle going on, smear marks on the mirror, slight bruises and scratches to the victim,” said Davie Police Lt. Mark Leone.
“We’re being told that the argument started when the victim found something of a purse, possibly a gift, that was most likely not given to her, either on a receipt or credit card statement, that’s what it all stemmed from,” Leone said.
Howard was placed into custody for domestic battery.
Police said Howard had to be transported to Westside Regional Hospital after complaining of knee pain. He was later transported to the BSO Main Jail. He has since been released.
Howard limped out of the jail on crutches.
The Dolphins are not saying much about the arrest.
“We are aware of the situation and currently gathering information. We will have no further comment at this time,” according to a statement from the Miami Dolphins.
Howard was placed on injured reserve on October 28th of the current year after sustaining a knee injury during a game.
During the offseason, Howard agreed to a long-term deal with the Dolphins worth $76 million for five years, making him the highest-paid defensive back in football.
“We take these things very seriously. We’ll gather all the information and do what we feel is best for the organization,” said Miami Dolphins head coach Brian Flores.
In November, fellow teammate Mark Walton was arrested on domestic violence allegations against his pregnant girlfriend.
Walton sprinted his way out of the Broward County jail. He was fired by the Dolphins. This was his fourth arrest in less than a year. He had already been suspended by the team when the arrest happened. He denied the allegations.