Steelers’ Anthony Chickillo charged with assaulting girlfriend at Nemacolin
Steelers linebacker Anthony Chickillo was arrested Sunday after an incident involving a 25-year-old woman in Fayette County, according to state police.
Chickillo, 26, is charged with simple assault and criminal mischief, both misdemeanors, and harassment, a summary offense.
State police said they were called to Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Wharton Township at 1:40 a.m. for a report of a domestic dispute. Chickillo and his girlfriend got into an argument over table games in Lady Luck Casino that later became physical in their hotel room, police said.
Police said the woman reported Chickillo grabbed her by the arm and pushed her against a wall and door in their room. She punched him in the head, and he pushed her to the ground, smashing her cellphone. She locked herself in a bathroom and waited for police to arrive, according to court papers.
Police said the woman had visible injuries on both of her arms. Chickillo did not appear to be injured, police said.
Chickillo was arraigned at 7:40 a.m. and released on $10,000 bail, according to online court records. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Oct. 30. Court records did not list an attorney for him. Chickillo hung up when reached by phone Monday morning.
Statement from @SteelersPRBurt on arrest of linebacker Anthony Chickillo. “We are aware of an incident involving Anthony Chickillo last night and are still gathering information. Until we have further details we will not provide any further comments.”
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“We are aware of an incident involving Anthony Chickillo last night and are still gathering information,” Steelers spokesman Burt Lauten said. “Until we have further details, we will not provide any further comments.”
On Monday, Lauten added: “He has been instructed to not be in the building today as we gather more information and work with the NFL Office.”
NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said league officials “will look into the matter.”
According to the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy, “Players convicted of a crime or subject to a disposition of a criminal proceeding are subject to discipline.
“Prohibited conduct includes actual or threatened physical violence against another person, including dating violence, domestic violence, child abuse, and other forms of family violence.”
Chickillo, in his fifth season with the team, signed a two-year contract in March worth $8 million. He was sidelined for three games earlier this season with a foot injury and returned Oct. 13 against the Los Angeles Chargers.
The woman will be cited for harassment, police said. No charges had been filed against her Monday morning.