Cardinals' Washington arrested in domestic violence incident

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- Phoenix police say they're investigating a domestic violence call involving Pro Bowl linebacker Daryl Washington.

Washington was booked into the Maricopa County Jail on Friday on two counts of aggravated assault.

His bond was set at $4,200.

Sgt. Steve Martos says a woman called officers Wednesday and accused the Arizona Cardinals player of being involved in the altercation.

According to court paperwork, officers responded to an apartment complex near Warner and 48th Street and spoke to the woman, who claimed Washington was the father of her youngest child.

The woman told police she had allowed Washington inside her apartment to see their child, at which time he picked up the baby and walked onto the landing by the front door.

After a few minutes, the woman said she looked outside and Washington and their child were gone.

The woman tried calling Washington, but he didn't answer. After searching for several minutes, the woman told police that Washington returned with their child and claimed to have just walked to a nearby Dairy Queen.

The two began arguing as they walked up the stairs to the woman's apartment, which is when Washington allegedly choked the woman while he was holding their child and nearly pushed her over the railing.

When Washington finally let go, the woman said she was able to take the child from Washington and run inside her apartment.

The woman said she tried to close her door but Washington forced his way inside and followed her into the master bedroom.

Washington reportedly grabbed the woman's cell phone and then left the apartment to get in his car.

The woman told police she threw a basket that was holding a plastic plant at Washington, but it wound up striking his vehicle.

The woman then ran down and tried to get inside Washington's vehicle to retrieve her phone, but he pulled her away as she tried to enter the passenger door.

The woman told police she then ran for the driver's door, which is when Washington allegedly shoved her to the ground.

She wound up suffering several injuries, including a broken right clavicle and several scrapes and bruises.

Court documents indicate that Wednesday's altercation isn't the first time Washington and the woman have had problems. There have been previous incidents between the two, including an incident involving the woman and Washington's mother.

Washington led the Cardinals with 134 tackles - 108 of them solo - and nine sacks last season.

He was suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

In a statement posted online, the Cardinals said, "Until all the facts are determined, and out of respect for the process," the team declines any further comment at this point.