Former New York Giants and Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Chad Wheeler violated a house arrest court order on Sunday after being discovered walking around without his ankle monitor or clothes on the streets of Seattle.
After a friend of Wheeler's reached out for assistance when he found the 28-year-old wandering aimlessly, Wheeler received a medical evaluation. He appeared to be suffering from a "mental health crisis."
He was discovered wandering around the Richmond region of Seattle before he was taken to a hospital.
ESPN's Brady Henderson reported that Wheeler was released from the hospital the following morning, and appeared in court on Tuesday where a judge rejected King County officials' request to raise bail for Wheeler to $800,000.
"Wheeler will remain on EHM with bi-monthly urinalysis and his 'medication intake will also be monitored by professionals and the victim will be notified if there is an electronic home monitoring violation.'"
Wheeler has been awaiting trial related to a domestic violence case involving the lineman, who strangled his girlfriend, Alleah Taylor, until the point of losing consciousness — also causing a dislocated-arm injury. He was charged with first-degree domestic violence, domestic violence unlawful imprisonment and resisting arrest, according to the King County District Court.
Wheeler noted, following his arrest, that he has long struggled with bipolar disorder and mental health issues. He was playing with Seattle at the time and was promptly cut from the team.
Seattle released a statement on Wheeler's arrest back in January.
“The Seahawks are saddened by the details emerging against Chad Wheeler and strongly condemn this act of domestic violence,” the statement read. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim. Chad is a free agent and no longer with the team.”