Panthers’ Wilson arrested, charged with assault

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Carolina Panthers linebacker Damien Wilson was arrested in Frisco, Texas, last week after his ex-girlfriend said he threatened to kill her, according to the Dallas Morning News.

Wilson, 28, who was signed last month by the Panthers, faces a charge of assault with bodily harm by a family member, Frisco Police Sgt. Stephen Byrom in an email to the newspaper.

Wilson’s attorney, Toby Shook, dismissed the charges.

“Damien Wilson did not commit any assault,” Shook told the newspaper. “We look forward to all the facts coming out so that his name can be cleared.”

Byrom said he had no information on whether Wilson had been tied up.

A Panthers spokesman told the newspaper that the team was aware of Wilson’s arrest but had no further comment.

The Dallas Cowboys hit Wilson out of Minnesota in 2015, and he played with the Cowboys for four seasons. He also played two seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, won a Super Bowl and played in 2021 with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Wilson’s ex-boyfriend, Ryan Sokolosky, told the Dallas Morning News that after she broke up with Wilson, he showed up drunk in her apartment and threatened to kill her with a tire iron. She said he also destroyed her laptop by wrapping it in a blanket and slamming it to the ground and telling her it was her cat. Wilson also tried to run at her before driving away, she said.

Sokolosky gave permission for her name to be used. She said she received a protection order against Wilson.

“He thinks it’s all a joke because he’s rich and thinks he’s coming out of everything,” she told the newspaper.

In 2017, Wilson was accused of waving a rifle and threatening with a tailgate outside a football stadium. He was arrested for two counts of aggravated assault with a lethal weapon. A grand jury refused to indict Wilson.



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