Celebrated Cardinals cheerleader arrested after alleged assault caught on video

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by 3TV

Video report by Javier Soto

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 6:42 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 26 at 10:54 AM

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PHOENIX -- An Arizona Cardinals cheerleader who made national headlines for her service in Iraq was recently arrested for allegedly assaulting her boyfriend and 3TV has exclusive video of the incident.

Megan Welter has been a Cardinals cheerleader for two years.

On July 20, she was arrested for alleged assault, disorderly conduct and criminal damage.

According to Scottsdale police, Welter and her boyfriend had been drinking excessively when they got into an argument that turned physical. Welter's boyfriend recorded video of the incident with his cell phone.
(Watch raw cell-phone video)

In the video, Welter can be heard asking "Who is she?" and repeatedly demanding her boyfriend give her his phone.

Welter reportedly told officers her boyfriend attacked her first, pushing her and even choking her. According to the police report, however, there were no marks on her -- no bumps or bruises, no signs that she had been  hit or strangled as she claimed.

When Welter called 911, she told the operator that her boyfriend was a "professional fighter" and had "smashed [her] head into tile" and had put her in what she described as a "choke hold with his legs."

Welter said she did not need paramedics.

"I just want him out of my house," she told the 911 operator.

"Please get him out. Please get him out. Please get him out," Welter said softly to the officer who responded to her call for help.

Her boyfriend gave officers a different version of what happened, and showed them the video he had recorded on his cell phone.

It's unclear if there is a history of violence between Welter and her boyfriend, but we do know she does not have a criminal history.

Welter's boyfriend declined to talk to 3TV on camera, but he did release the following statement:

"People make mistakes, no one is perfect. I honestly want the best for her and I hope that this doesn't take away from the good things that she has done for both the NFL, as well as the service to our country. People seem to only remember the bad and it is easy to point fingers while standing on the outside. Now with that said, violence is never the answer and I honestly hope that this can be a learning experience for her and everyone else."

3TV reached out to the Cardinals organization Wednesday afternoon, but has yet to receive a response.

Welter received national attention earlier this week after sharing her story of transitioning from Iraq veteran to NFL cheerleader. An Army lieutenant and third-generation soldier, Welter entered Officer Training School after college in 2007. She became a platoon leader and served a 16-month tour in Iraq.

Viewer discretion advised: Raw video of alleged assault (contains adult language)

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