The Washington Football Team is looking to change the culture and they sent a loud message on Friday with the release of running back Derrius Guice.
Guice was charged with one count of strangulation, three counts of assault and battery and one count of destruction of property according to the Loudon County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia. The Washington Post was the first to report the developing story. Guice turned himself in on Friday evening.
The football team announced that they excused Guice from team activities after learning of the situation on Thursday and alerted the league about the ongoing situation.
Guice has a troubled NFL career since being drafted in the second round of the 2018 NFL Draft although the troubles were with his durability. He tore his ACL in the 2018 preseason which sidelined him for his rookie year then tore his meniscus in the season opener last season which forced him out for the first nine weeks of the season. A sprained MCL in early December shut down his 2019 season.
When he’s been on the field, Guice has proven he has the talent averaging 5.8 yards per carry in a limited sample size (42 carries, 245 yards, two rushing touchdowns) last year. However, these charges are quite serious and with the character concerns that surrounded him coming out of LSU two years ago, it’s going to be hard for Guice to rebound from this if found guilty.