Michael Boley Arrested: Former Giants LB Pleads Guilty To Child Abuse Charge

Former New York Giants linebacker Michael Boley reportedly turned himself into police in Alabama earlier this year after he was accused of abusing one of his six children.

According to a TMZ report released early Thursday, the 30-year-old Boley was arrested in February, in an incident that surprisingly flew under the radar.

Though little details are currently available about the arrest — which happened three days after Boley was cut by the Giants — reports confirm that the charges were of a physical nature, not sexual.

The 2011 incident allegedly involved Boley’s young son, who was 5-years-old at the time of the arrest.

The Giants released Boley early in the year due to salary cap reasons and said they were unaware of his legal troubles before cutting him.

Boley’s case was scheduled to go to a grand jury, but an agreement was reached which gave the linebacker a chance to enter a program which would result in the dropping of charges after completion.

According to the New York Daily News, the recent incident isn’t Boley’s first run-in with the law.

In 2011, just after allegations of child abuse against him first surfaced, a woman in Georgia who has another child with him filed court documents asking that his visitations with their child be supervised.

Two years prior to that incident, Boley was suspended a game after being slapped with a domestic violence charge for allegedly beating his wife. The Daily had reported that he had pushed her against a wall, threw her over a couch and shoved her into a kitchen cabinet door.

A product of Southern Miss, Michael Boley was taken in the fifth round of the 2005 NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons. In 2009 he signed a five-year, $25 million contact with the Giants.

In his four-year stint with New York he recorded 351 tackles, three interceptions, 16 pass defenses and five fumble recoveries, two of which were returned for touchdowns.

He was also a member of the Giants’ Super Bowl winning team in 2012.

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