Back in late 2011, it was reported that New York Giants linebacker Michael Boley was under investigation for repeatedly abusing his five-year-old son. At the time, his lawyer dismissed the accusation as nothing more than an attempt by the Mother to secure more child support money so that she could "increase her lifestyle."
“These allegations were brought to our attention along with outrageous monetary demands in a contested child support case which she filed over a year ago,” said Randall M. Kessler at the time. “At final trial about a month ago, she did not seek an order restricting visitation. The only relief she requested from the judge was that child support be more than quintupled to, in her words, ‘increase her lifestyle.’”
Those accusations were immediately followed up by another woman in Georgia, who also has a child with Boley, filing paperwork with a local court asking that his visitation be supervised.
It wasn't the first time Boley had dealt with a domestic issue as the NFL suspended him for one game in 2009 after being arrested and charged with three counts of domestic battery. He allegedly struck his then wife, Chantelle.
Fast forward to February of this year, three days after being released by the Giants, and Boley once again found himself in hot water. TMZ reports that the veteran linebacker was quietly arrested for child abuse.
The popular gossip site states that Boley pled guilty to the child abuse — which was physical in nature, not sexual — and turned himself over to authorities where he smiled for his booking photo. As part of the plea deal, Boley was ordered to take part in a pre-trial diversion program. Upon completion, all charges will be dropped. He plans to comply.
There is no indication that his unexpected release had anything to do with this case, however. And as recently as last week, the team was reportedly considering bringing him back for the 2013 season.
In the past, Boley has participated in many charitable initiatives for children, including hosting a “Super Autism Party” with the National M.O.M. Squad to help raise autism awareness.
Update: The exact nature of Boley's plea deal includes felony chargers under the Section 26-15-3 of the Alabama Code, which reads: “torture, willfully abuse, cruelly beat or otherwise willfully maltreat any child under the age of 18 years.”
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