Willie McGinest is in some serious trouble.
The NFL Network analyst, who was a three-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots, has been charged with a pair of felonies, according to TMZ.
The charges stem from a December fight in a restaurant.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed the charges this week … hitting the New England Patriots legend with one count of assault with a deadly weapon, and one count of assault by means of force likely to cause great bodily injury.
TMZ obtained video of the fight, which took place Dec. 9 at Delilah in West Hollywood.
The footage appears to show McGinest socking the guy in the face … before later picking up a bottle and smashing it into the man’s head.
NFL Network suspended the 51-year-old following the fight and arrest. McGinest, for his part, apologized on Twitter two weeks after the incident.
First and foremost, I want to offer my deepest apology for my lapse in judgment and behavior on December 9 at a restaurant in West Hollywood. To my family, community, friends, and youth I mentor, please know I feel horrible for my actions and take full responsibility.
To my colleagues at the NFL Network and those I work closely with as an advisor to professional and community-based organizations, please know I am embarrassed and regret what occurred
Most of all, I am disappointed in myself, as I know this is an isolated incident and is not reflective of my faith, role as a father, life’s body of work, or the role model I’ve worked hard to become. It is personally devastating that decades of community service, youth engagement, mentoring, and professional development would become an afterthought in a single moment that should have never happened.
This incident has prompted me to deep self-reflection – mind, soul, and spirit. I know that violence is never the answer to such situations, no matter how intense the provocation. Rest assured, I will take whatever steps necessary to restore the public trust, mend damaged relationships, and ensure this never happens again.
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According to TMZ, each charge comes with a prison sentence of up to four years. McGinest’s arraignment is set for next month.
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