HARTFORD, Conn. (CBS Hartford) – Former NFL defensive lineman Hugh Douglas has been arraigned on assault and strangulation charges as prosecutors say Douglas violently attacked a woman at a Marriott hotel in Hartford.

WFSB-TV obtained court documents which say Douglas “grabbed her by the neck” and “slammed her into the walls several times.” Douglas told investigators the victim’s injuries happened during rough sex, according to those same documents.

CBS Sports says the charges comes exactly six weeks after Douglas was fired from his job at ESPN co-hosting the show “Numbers Never Lie.” He was sacked after the sports network investigated an incident in which he allegedly drunkenly accosted co-host Michael Smith at a party.

During his 10-year NFL career, Douglas played for the New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and  Jacksonville Jaguars. He was selected 16th in the 1995 draft and was named Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Douglas was arraigned in a Hartford courtroom Tuesday and his next appearance is Oct. 21.


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