Ex-NFL lineman Chad Wheeler sentenced to nearly seven years in prison for vicious attack on former girlfriend


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Former NFL offensive lineman Chad Wheeler was sentenced to nearly seven years in prison on Friday, just months after he had been found guilty of a vicious attack on his then-girlfriend in 2021. 

Wheeler, who was waived by the Seattle Seahawks after being charged with two counts of domestic violence, was sentenced to 81 months in prison and ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation, The Seattle Times reported. 

Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Chad Wheeler (75) against the San Francisco 49ers at State Farm Stadium.  (Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

He will also be placed under community supervision for three years after his sentence has been served. 

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Wheeler, who also spent time with the New York Giants, had been found guilty in November of first- and second-degree assault/domestic violence. He was found not guilty on a third charge of false imprisonment. 

According to ESPN, the woman was left bloodied from the attack in which Wheeler strangled her twice, causing her to lose consciousness on both occasions. 

Chad Wheeler goes for a block

Chad Wheeler, #63 of the New York Giants, in action against the New Orleans Saints during their game at MetLife Stadium on September 30, 2018, in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Al Bello/Getty Images)

EX-NFL PLAYER CHAD WHEELER FOUND GUILTY ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGES

She suffered a fractured humerus and a dislocated elbow as a result of the attack, in what Wheeler claimed had been a “manic episode.” 

Wheeler did not plead guilty to any of the charges. 

Chad Wheeler vs Steelers

New York Giants offensive tackle Chad Wheeler (63) prior to the Preseason National Football League game between the New York Giants and the Pittsburgh Steelers on August 11, 2017, at Met Life Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ.  (Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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An undrafted free agent out of USC, Wheeler played two seasons with the Giants before he was waived and signed by the Seahawks in 2020. 

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