According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Falcons defensive end Ra’Shede Hageman was charged with three misdemeanors in March related to a domestic violence incident with the mother of his child. The case is pending and no court dates have been set at this time.
Ledbetter obtained the arrest warrant, and according to him, the charges stem from an incident in which Hageman pulled the hair of the mother of his child and pushed her down in the parking lot outside of her apartment, causing her to sustain lacerations on her left hand and elbow. Hageman then took her phone, preventing her from calling 911. This incident happened in front of the couple's child.
The team has no immediate plans to discipline Hageman or take any action as a result of this incident, which, again, happened in March.
"Each situation is different," Quinn said during his weekly post-game press conference on Monday. "For us, this one, we are certainly going to allow the appropriate channels to take place."
Hageman, the Falcons’ second-round draft pick in 2014, was charged with interference with a call for emergency help, battery family violence and cruelty to children in the third degree. This happened in March, and according to Ledbetter, the NFL has been in contact with the team about it.
Many may speculate that this is the reason the Falcons kept Hageman off of the active game day roster Sunday, but the reality is that the team has known about this issue for months.
Ledbetter said that the team’s reason for sidelining Hageman Sunday against the Buccaneers was merely related to the plan to spend a lot of time in the nickel, and they felt Courtney Upshaw was a better fit for the game plan.
Hageman is one more in a long list of NFL players who have been been involved with domestic violence situations with little to no repercussions from the league or their respective teams.