Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker T.J. McDonald recently shared an emotional story about how he was forced to live in a state of shock after being charged with assaulting a woman and threatened with the death penalty.
McDonald, who is charged with first-degree assault and battery, has said he “felt like he was living his life” and had to endure the “stunnedness” of being falsely accused.
He has been suspended indefinitely by the team.
“The whole time, I was in a panic,” McDonald told the Tampa Bay Times.
“I was just terrified.”
The incident began when McDonald allegedly assaulted the woman, identified as Michelle Lee, in the parking lot of the Tampa Veterans Memorial Coliseum in December.
McDonald is a free agent after the 2016 season.
In court documents, McDonald said he was defending himself from a man who was trying to grab his phone.
According to the court documents obtained by the Times, McDonald’s partner, who was standing by, said he heard McDonald grab Lee’s phone and felt her hand on his shoulder.
McDavid told the newspaper that he “did not feel like he had the right to fight back and that was the beginning of it.”
The woman was charged on Wednesday with first degree assault, battery, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct.
He will be arraigned on the charges later this month.