*Miami Dolphins running back Mark Walton has been released by the Miami Dolphins after being arrested for allegedly punching his pregnant girlfriend and pushing her into a wall.
Walton was arrested Tuesday morning after he reportedly punched the woman, who is five months pregnant, multiple times in the face, causing her left eye to swell. The NFL star was charged with the aggravated battery of a pregnant woman.
According to The Sun-Sentinel, Walton learned of the pregnancy two days ago.
We have waived running back Mark Walton. pic.twitter.com/vXhON24Z4I
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) November 19, 2019
He was nearing the end of the four-game suspension for violating its conduct and substance abuse policy before the arrest. The suspension was related to his three offseason arrests between January and March.
The Miami native was arrested three times last offseason on a variety of charges, including marijuana possession and reckless driving.
Following news of Walton’s violence against his girlfriend, General manager Chris Grier said in a statement, “We hold our players to a high standard and take these matters very seriously. We will have no further comment at this time.”
The Dolphins released him within seven hours of his arrest.
“I can tell you he cooperated with the police department and surrendered this morning,” Michael Gottlieb, an attorney for Walton, told USA Today Sports.
Walton’s unpaid suspension was scheduled to run through the Dolphins’ Dec. 1 game against the Eagles.