Former NFL Player Willie McGinest Hit With Multiple Felony Charges Stemming From Alleged Brawl

Former New England Patriots player Willie McGinest is facing years in prison because of his role in an alleged restaurant attack.

The retired NFL player and three-time Super Bowl champion has been charged by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office with one count of assault with a deadly weapon, and one count of assault by means of force likely to cause great bodily injury, according to TMZ.

Each charge carries a sentence of up to four years in prison. That means the former NFL standout could sit for eight years if convicted and hit with the max sentences on each charge. His arraignment is set for April.

Willie McGinest faces serious time.

McGinest is accused of attacking a man at Delilah in West Hollywood back in December. The video is downright jarring and disturbing. He later apologized for his role in the alleged brawl..

"First and foremost, I want to offer my deepest apology for my lapse in judgment and behavior on December 9 at a restaurant in West Hollywood. To my family, community, friends, and youth I mentor, please know I feel horrible for my actions and take full responsibility," McGinest said in a statement, according to TMZ.

It's still not clear what sparked the beatdown. As you can see in the video below, McGinest and others crowded around the victim and just started smoking him. Now, he might get nearly a decade in prison for his alleged actions. McGinest, who played for 15 years, better hope he can come up with one hell of a defense. If not, he's going to find himself in a world of trouble if convicted.

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David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture. He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics. Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.