The Miami Dolphins’ 26-year-old cornerback, Xavien Howard, was arrested on domestic battery charges to his fiancée on Sunday.
What caused the arrest
According to authorities, Howard and his fiancée had got into a verbal dispute over the purchase of a purse. Howard was accused of grabbing his fiancée by the arm and pushing her into a mirrored glass wall in the hallway of their bedroom. When he allegedly let go, it caused his fiancée to land on Howard’s medical crutches with her right arm. The police report noted “physical scratches and redness on her right wrist and forearm.”
A report from Andy Slater
Andy Slater of Fox Sports 640 posted a report on his Twitter page about the arrest. It said “Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard is currently in Broward jail with a $3,000 bond”, along with a photo of Howard’s mugshot.
Brian Flores addresses the incident
“I think we’re still gathering information on that (the arrest). We take situations like that very, very seriously. We’re gathering information. It’s unfortunate. How does it impact us? It does impact us. Again, we take these things very seriously,” Miami head coach Brian Flores said. “We’ll gather all of the information and do what we feel is best for the organization. I haven’t even talked to him (Howard). We have a process here. We’ll go through that process. Chris (Grier), myself, Brandon (Shore), Tom (Garfinkel), we’ll talk through this. We’ll have a conversation with ‘X’ (Xavien Howard) and make a decision once we get all of the information.”
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Howard’s limited 2019 season, accolades in last year
Howard only played five games during the 2019 season, missing 11 games due to a knee injury that needed surgery to repair that placed him on injured reserve. Howard was ranked No. 55 by the NFL in the top 100 players of 2019 back in July. Howard was also selected to play in the 2018 Pro Bowl and to the second team All Pro team. He signed a NFL-record extension five-year, 76.5 million dollar deal in the offseason.
ESPN’s Miami Dolphins reporter, Cameron Wolfe, also has a detailed report here.
FPC Dolphins will update this story as more information surfaces.