Former Atlanta Falcons linebacker Barkevious Mingo was one of the main stars of the team as he had a solid performance throughout his career.
However, he landed himself in trouble and was arrested last week and was charged with indecency with child sexual contact. Now it seems more details regarding his indecent actions have come to light.
According to a report by Sports Illustrated, Barkevious Mingo was said to have pulled on a teenage boy’s underwear in a Texas hotel room in 2019. Police said Mingo took a teenage family member and the alleged victim to an amusement park and go-cart track during the Fourth of July weekend.
It was further alleged that Mingo also purchased clothes at a Nike store for the boy before they returned to a hotel room where he was staying. It was said that Mingo pulled at the victim’s underwear and tried to have sex with him.
“The victim advised that when this was occurring, he was scared and pretended to be asleep.”
According to police officers, the NFL player turned himself in and was released after posting a $25,000 bond. Immediately after news of his arrest surfaced, The Falcons announced that they released Mingo from his contract.
In a statement given to ESPN, Mingo’s attorney’s Chris Lewis took aim at the ‘baseless accusations’ and also put the Falcons on blast for releasing Mingo.
“We are extremely disappointed in the Atlanta Falcons’ rush to judgment in terminating Barkevious Mingo’s contract before gathering all of the relevant facts and prior to my client having his day in court.
The accusation against Mr. Mingo is a lie. Barkevious knows it — so does his accuser. Mingo appreciates the law enforcement officers have a tough job to do, and he is fully committed to cooperating with the authorities to clear his name. As soon as Barkevious became aware of the arrest warrant, he immediately travelled to Texas to turn himself in and answer to the charge. Now, he is ready to prove his innocence.
“Mr. Mingo understands the seriousness of an accusation like this and the immediate negative impact it can have on a person’s reputation, even when there is zero evidence. But, he also knows that he will be fully vindicated when the truth comes to light. When that happens, the true motivation of the accuser will be clear and unambiguous.”
Mingo signed with the Falcons earlier this offseason on a one-year, $1.25 million deal that came with a $175,000 signing bonus. We will keep you updated on this ongoing case.