Rashad Weaver of the Titans, fourth-round pick in NFL draft, charged with simple assault
Tennessee fourth-round pick Rashad Weaver has been charged with simple assault in Allegheny County, Pa., According to a TV report WKRN (Nashville, Tennessee).
The charge against Weaver – a first-degree misdemeanor in Pennsylvania punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of $ 10,000 – was filed Friday, a day before the Titans chose him in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft. According to court documents retrieved by WKRN, Weaver is accused of hitting a woman on the head at 2:30 a.m. on April 18 in Pittsburgh, where he played college football in Pitt.
The officer who made the arrest, Anderson O’Kelly, said in a police report that he and another officer responded to a woman lying on the ground, surrounded by a group of people. Those at the scene said Weaver had hit her; one person identified as the woman’s friend said he saw her punch him in the head. Another person said he did not see who attacked her, but that she fell to the ground.
O’Kelly in his report noted that he “did not observe any injuries consistent with a punch to the head.”
The complaint against Weaver notes that, about five minutes before the alleged incident, Weaver and the woman had a verbal argument in which they had to be separated by officers. The two then left the bar where they had argued. According to the complaint, Weaver told other officers at the scene before leaving that “he had no problem hitting a woman if they needed to.”
O’Kelly wrote in his report that he contacted the woman a week after the incident; she reportedly stayed at the Ohio Valley Hospital, where she was diagnosed with concussion, after vomiting on April 22. She also said she was pregnant when Weaver allegedly hit her, which the hospital was able to verify.
The Titans released this statement when asked to comment on the charges against Weaver: “We were briefed on this news this morning. We obviously take this seriously and are collecting details and working with the league.