Boykin was handed a one-game suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy, stemming from being charged with aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, Liz Matthews of USA Today reports.
The Seahawks cut Boykin shortly after he was accused of domestic violence by his girlfriend in late March, and he was then charged the next day. The 24-year-old has remained unsigned since and has had a handful of run-ins with the law over the last few years, going back to his final collegiate season at TCU.
Boykin was booked Wednesday into the Mansfield, Tex. jail on a charge of aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury, Lauren Zakalik of WFAA-TV Channel 8 Dallas reports.
The Seahawks cut Boykin loose Tuesday once allegations arose of domestic violence against his girlfriend. He passed through waivers unclaimed, an unsurprising development while the legal process plays itself out. Hurting his cause for employment are multiple brushes with the law. In addition to the current accusation, Boykin pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor assault charge for a Jan. 1, 2016 incident involving a police officer and later faced charges -- later dropped -- of marijuana possession and public intoxication following a March of 2017 matter in which he was a passenger in a vehicle that backed into a number of pedestrians. As it pertains to the NFL, the series of events are a good bet to violate the personal conduct policy and result in a suspension.
The Seahawks released Boykin on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Amid allegations of domestic violence against his girlfriend, Boykin was jettisoned from Seattle's roster. The quarterback has been unable to avoid legal trouble since the days preceding his final collegiate game with TCU. First, he was arrested on Jan. 1, 2016 for throwing an alleged punch at a police officer in San Antonio, for which he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor assault charge. Later, in March of 2017, he was a passenger in a car that backed into several people outside a bar in Dallas. Charges of marijuana possession and public intoxication for the latter incident were dismissed in February, but Boykin remained as Russell Wilson's backup until Tuesday's allegations came to light. No matter how the justice system plays itself out on this occasion, Boykin will almost certainly be subject to the NFL's personal conduct policy.
Charges against Boykin stemming from his March 2017 arrest in Dallas were dismissed earlier this month, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.
Dallas County court records stated that Boykin, who was arrested for marijuana possession and public intoxication following an incident where he was a passenger in a car that struck multiple people on a sidewalk, "completed all conditions" necessary for his case to be dismissed. With the 24-year-old's legal situation now resolved, he can turn his attention toward competing for the top backup gig behind starting quarterback Russell Wilson after spending all of the 2017 season on Seattle's practice squad.
Boykin signed a reserve/future deal with the Seahwawks on Tuesday.
Boykin backed up Russell Wilson for five games in 2016, which is his only NFL experience to date. He spent the 2017 season on their practice squad. He will now look to earn a spot on the 53-man roster providing depth at quarterback in 2018.
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