Former USC offensive lineman Chad Wheeler was arrested early Saturday under suspicion of felony domestic violence, the troubling details of which have since come to light.
Wheeler, who played the last two seasons for the Seattle Seahawks, is accused of choking his girlfriend until she lost consciousness.
Court documents allege that Wheeler told his girlfriend to stand up and bow to him. When she refused to do so, Wheeler, a 6-foot-7, 310-pound offensive tackle, allegedly attempted to choke her with one hand while smothering her with another, causing her to lose consciousness.
When she regained consciousness, Wheeler expressed surprise that she was still alive.