An ex-NFL player “secretly” turned himself in because of child abuse allegations three days after being cut by his former team. New York Giants linebacker Michael Boley surrendered to authorities in Alabama on Feb. 8 and was charged with child abuse.
After pleading guilty to charges as part of a plea deal, Boley was entered into a pre-trial diversion program. Under the terms of the agreement, if Boley successfully completed the program, the charges against him would be dropped, The New York Daily News reported.
Boley's attorney, Randall Kessler, declined to comment. A Giants spokesman also chose not to make a statement, though a source within the team said that Boley, 30, being cut had nothing to do with his legal situation.
Prior to this latest incident, Boley was accused of child abuse in 2011 by the mother of his then 5-year-old son. He was accused of "the repeated willful abuse of a child under 18" during portions of May and June of 2011. It is unknown if the latest abuse charges are connected with those older allegations.
Kessler claimed those charges stemmed from a dispute over child support payments. He said that the Boley was being sued by his son’s mother. According to Kessler, the woman was attempting to obtain "five times the child support" she was getting.
While the football star was dealing with that situation, another woman filed court papers in Georgia asking that a judge require that Boley be supervised when he visited with the son he had with her.
In a 2008 incident, Boley was arrested on domestic violence charges in Gwinnett County, Ga., for allegedly beating his wife.
Boley was suspended for the first game of 2009 for violating the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy because of the domestic abuse charge. He is currently a free agent.