Washington court case coming to close

Posted by Darren Urban on March 24, 2014 – 12:23 pm

The Cardinals are counting on linebacker Daryl Washington as an anchor to the defense, a point underscored when the team not surprisingly recently decided to pay the large bonus he was owed. But he still needs to find out the consequences, if any, from the NFL after his ongoing assault case is adjudicated. That took a big step Monday, when Washington pled guilty to a lesser aggravated assault charge. It is a Class 6 felony. He is scheduled to be sentenced April 23, according to the Maricopa County Superior Court.

Once he is sentenced, then the NFL will take a look at the situation and decide what should happen to Washington, if anything. He already was suspended four games last year for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Whether that would factor in to this situation is unknown, but Washington has stayed on the straight and narrow since all this happened in a short offseason window last year, and he has insisted his issues are behind him. He has always said he’d like to be one of the main leaders of this franchise. The Cards would like that as well.



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45 Responses to “Washington court case coming to close”

  1. By Rich on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply

    fingers crossed

  2. By red2616 on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply

    I still don’t get how the NFL can integect in a situation that has zero to do with Football. I understand the league and team image but in a situation like this where it might not have been Washingtons fault. He may be the person defending himself. In a case like Michael Vick I get it. Cut and dry 100% guilty and 100% responsible. Washington may have been defensing himself. He may not have been the instigator or out of control or nothing but a victim of laws that say in domestic disputes both parties mis be arrested. I am not saying he is not at fault, I am saying he might not be. When you are in a legal situation a DA wants his pound of flesh, especially from a high profile person. They don’t care about right and wrong. They want convictions and a high percentage of convictions. Also double jeopardy. I know the NFL is not a legal Body but the conviction/plea will provide enough punishment.

  3. By Braeden on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply

    I agree, from what I understand his girlfriend instigated it by throwing a plate at him (she has a history of assault). Both parties are probably at fault

  4. By rohn on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply

    Leave Washington alone. Warning, no suspension. If he missteps again, drop the hammer hard on him. Give him a chance to prove he has grown up and ready to lead.

  5. By T.stone on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply

    He has insisted his issues are behind him? He has always said he’d like to be one of the main leaders of this franchise? What a Joke. He Has become one of the main leaders of this franchise in behaving like a fool and Embarrassing this Franchise. Simeon Rice who called us the Armpit of the NFL wasn’t the fool this chump is. Smacking a woman around, smoking dope? Yea he is a winner. Like I have said before, cut this player. He is just that. A player on a team who decided that getting high, hitting his baby mamma is more important than his family. And by family, I mean his real family and not the team. Remember why we didn’t draft Rae Carruth ? Character.

    The mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.

    William Bidwill, Sr. should do the right thing like he did back then. Talk to your son and tell him winning at all cost is not winning.

  6. By Braeden on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply

    Read the case, not exactly all his fault! Also probably in the top 5 lBs in the league

  7. By austex34 on Mar 25, 2014 | Reply

    The fact you referred to Bill Sr in asking DW to be cut shows that you dont have a clue as to what you’re talking about. First, the NFL doesn’t release what substance he was caught using but its widely assumed it was marijuana. Dope is used to describe heroin. Not marijuana. Unless you dont know what you’re talking about (which in your case we already established as fact). Next, he didn’t smack her around. There was a volatile exchange by both parties. No it doesn’t excuse his actions. Next, embarrassing the franchise??? The Cards have a long history of embarrassing themselves so this will hardly tarnish them as the shining jewel of the NFL. And finally the comment about winning at all costs…. 4 winning seasons in 25 years is winning at all costs???? Hmmm, some one can’t do math can they?

  8. By andystandsup on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply

    Ray Lewis pleaded down to a Class 1 guilty misdemeanor in the double homicide 14 years ago and received 12 months suspension, with alcohol abstention and counseling from the courts and a $250,000 fine from the NFL with no games missed.
    Just sayin’….

  9. By John The Draft Guy on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply


    How does it feel to be perfect? Please tell us all.

  10. By T.stone on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply


    RE. Ray Lewis.

    He Killed them or he knows who did. Despicable unsolved crime. Ray Lewis is a fraud, and D Wash is a fraud also. Ray Lewis HALL of FAMER. lol Just sad. Thumbs up from me Andy. .

  11. By T.stone on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply


    Not perfect at all, but my opinion is mine. You can have yours.

  12. By Andy Kw on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply

    Come on, we lost ILB Karlos Dansby to Free Agency so we cannot afford to lose ILB Daryl Washington to suspension.

  13. By Andrew on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply

    Just a note, it’s a Class 6 Undesignated Felony, which means he can earn a Class 1 Misdemeanor if he successfully completes probation. He should have no problem completing probation, and now that that’s behind him, let’s just hope the NFL doesn’t punish him also.

  14. By Troy on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply


    Who are you to judge? Who are you to say anything, be it that you are only perfect? I know of only 1 perfect person. Not you. Fan or not, allow mistakes. See that they capitalize from that mistake. Go on. T,stone. You aren’t saying anything. Why? You know your comments stink. Just believe it. If there is a perfect franchise out there, I’d love to see it. CARDINALS all the way. Oh yeah, do you know what winning at any cost means, or don’t you? Use your words wisely. It’s imperative.

  15. By Dr. G. on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply

    The commentary for this Dwash plea will probably be all over the place. Bottom line is the same ole story. He let a gold digger trap him; and probably tried to negotiate visitation. Memory serves that she was the recipient of a dislocated shoulder after an ambiguous altercation. Now, in exchange for her loving cooperation, Dwash must willingly offer her most of his new bonus money…

    Yes, this may seem an unkind remark, but how many times do we hear this sort of incident after the many talks, speeches and warnings from team staff and agents educating these young men about the facts of life? They get around estrogen and weed and their brain goes numb.

    He has placed himself bending over the barrel, and the prosecutor will recommend to the Judge how many licks he should get. He will receive some significant fines and most certainly probation. And of course, the defense atty will get a generous fee for agreeing with the prosecutor how to handle this mess…then they will have dinner together!

    One can be a leader on the field, but not in the club house with such off-line behavior. That is a pipe dream. We need him back… and with a new direction…. Be well Cards Fans…

  16. By Shaun Church on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply

    I don’t see Washington getting much — if anything — from the league. It’s possible, I’m sure, but after Aldon Smith had felony weapons charges and alcohol rehab and got nothing from Roger Goodell, we may be out of the woods on Washington.

  17. By T.stone on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply

    How many mistakes are you allowed as a Q T clerk for being an idiot in your state of Arizona?
    1? 2? Maybe if that. 1 failed drug test? Character.. your fired. see ya.

  18. By T.stone on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply

    I have wasted too much time here today, and with the exception of a few and Mr. Urban, there is little to learn from this back and forth about DWash. Have a great day, and keep your opinions to yourself………..Then tell others when you feel like it.


    P.S Ray Lewis Did it, and D Wash should be cut to send a message to the team because he is a Delta Bravo.

  19. By Shayawn on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply

    At red2616, he pleaded guilty.

  20. By Hammy on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply

    T.Stone dont know what your motives are on this blog, even though you are entitled to your opinion (and what a crappy opinion it is) You are comparing apples to oranges here. Leave it to the courts to decide who is guilty or innocent. It is only their opinion that matters in the end. If D.Wash serves a suspension from this, then its next man up as usual.

  21. By John The Draft Guy on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply


    I completely agree with you on that. You are entitled to your opinion and should be able to voice it. I’m grateful to Darren for not censoring this site.

    First, there is a big difference between a clerk failing a drug test and a main cog in a Billion dollar business failing a drug test. The NFL is one of the biggest money making businesses in the world. There is only a handful of players in the world that has the strength and speed and ability to play the game like DWash can.

    I can only speak from my experiences, as I coached in a really bad area in southeast Texas. our school sent a few players to the NFL. I know the conditions they lived in and the lives they lived. Kids eating breakfast and lunch off the school and doing what it took to eat dinner or get clothes on their back.
    There was very few father figures helping these kids and guiding them on the right path.

    Now I am not saying this is DWash’s situation. But what I am saying is young players need someone to help them along. They aren’t disposable because of mistakes. Look at Honey Badger. He has been taken in by PP and others to show him a different path. People can change.

    What does Character mean? A rule follower? Someone who conforms to society? The dictionary says “the aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing”
    Features and traits that make up a person. Hmm One could argue that those who do not care about their fellow man or have compassion and forgiveness might be lacking in character

    Just my opinion..

  22. By Patrick Hoog aka Don't Take Losses on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply

    “13-604. Class 6 felony; designation”. His plea is dicey at best, perhaps he has a deal in place, yet the Judge is never bound by a deal…roll of the dice. We will know when we know, but some prison time is possible.If no prison, Commissioner could follow suit … so, two ungameable outcomes still coming.

  23. By andystandsup on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply


    RE. Ray Lewis.

    He Killed them or he knows who did. Despicable unsolved crime. Ray Lewis is a fraud, and D Wash is a fraud also. Ray Lewis HALL of FAMER. lol Just sad. Thumbs up from me Andy. ”

    Please, T.Stone- keep your thumbs ups or downs away from me.
    Don’t know where they’ve been, but I have a guess.

  24. By Andrew on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply

    Patrick – It’s an undesignated felony. And they stipulated to supervised probation. He won’t be doing prison time. The plea is a binding contract and the Judge’s only decision will be as to the length of probation.

  25. By jaime on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply

    T Stone is really Dwash Ex, nice try lady…

  26. By NYCardinals212 on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply

    Nothing gets me more riled up than this childish notion of “don’t judge”. We judge everything at every moment. That is what separates us from our animal form. We make judgments with little supportive information, and we come to conclusions at a moment’s notice. Your conclusions can be positive or negative, but they are judgments, nonetheless.

    “Don’t judge”? That is simply naive.

  27. By ored on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply

    some closure please,we are nearing the ending of this chapter,we’ll know soon enough.

    it seems no matter how much we try to ready these young players for life as a publicized and priveleged millionaire,they still get caught up in the same snares as most young people…tetosterone and peer pressure and sometimes an inflated ego.some people just have to learn the hard way,especially athletes need to understand that they play a violent sport but need to leave it on the field,then enjoy the wealth and what it can bring off the field.stay healthy,invest wisely, and retire young.

  28. By Dr. G. on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply

    PHoog – DWash most certainly has a deal in place. When a person agrees to plead “guilty to a lesser aggravated assault charge,” as Darren reports here, it is most usually in exchange for dropping other charges to avoid a very lengthy trial and possible / probable conviction. The Defense is shown irrefutable evidence.

    His sentence is set for 4/23/2014. The Fed/State/County ((depending upon jurisdiction)) Atty will determine the plan for trial or stipulate conditions of a plea. Judges have no part in that. All they do is hear the case. In this case, the parties have already agreed to the plea deal or it would not be set for sentencing.

    My prediction for his fate have already been stated; I think it will be probation without incarceration, lots of community service, and fines. To avoid a civil case, the injured party has probably accepted lots of $$$$ Cash in exchange.

    Now, the NFL will want to take some action here, as not to be accused of ignoring unacceptable behavior contrary to the desired image. So he has that to face yet. You can bet that the NFLPA Union will be in DWash’s corner to minimize any potential penalty. This may be Eric Winston’s first big problem along with the NFLPA lawyers.

    When all this is behind him, he will feel the weight of the world off his shoulders, believe me, and then he can be the man we want to be the best LB in the league, and represent with PRIDE!

    When this case is resolved, wouldn’t it be a good thing to list all the details and pass it around in-house, out of the public eye, to all the young men to see what can happen when you roll the dice with your character on the line….

  29. By T.stone on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply


    main cog in a Billion dollar business ? If DW is the cog, then your the business. Good try.

  30. By CreditCard on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply

    Stands up Andy,

    I’m sure the NFL brass 1st took a look on how many jersey were sold with R. Lewis printed on the back, and then how many jerseys that have D Washington printed on the back. Based on revenue, make a decision.

    Bottom line, the NFL is all about the bottom line.

  31. By Buck on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply

    JTDG It is you, and a few others ( including Darren ) whe make this site interesting to follow. Thank you.

    T. Stone Why are you here? You show no interest in the Cards or football. Please fin another site to add your thoughts.

  32. By Coach K on Mar 24, 2014 | Reply

    NFL guys who beat their wives and girlfriends usually get off easy. That is just the way it is. And the people defend the players no matter who is at fault. Not saying I agree, but that is the way it is in the NFL unfortunately..

  33. By Noah on Mar 25, 2014 | Reply

    I get the feeling that T. Stone is actually the GM of the Seahawks or Niners…

  34. By John The Draft Guy on Mar 25, 2014 | Reply


    “main cog in a Billion dollar business ? If DW is the cog, then your the business. Good try.”

    What did that even mean? I guess somehow that was an insult ? OK you got me T.stone

  35. By John The Draft Guy on Mar 25, 2014 | Reply



  36. By clssylssy on Mar 25, 2014 | Reply

    By D Washington’s “pleading guilty”, he has accepted a portion of the responsibility for this “domestic issue”. As I recall, his accuser is also his baby mama so, he obviously is over a barrel with regard to his child. It sickens me that high profile individuals are often targeted by gold diggin, self-serving, extortionist and because they wear a skirt are considered the “weaker sex”…LOL, not hardly! As I recall this accuser of Washington’s has a documented court history of similar incidents and actually hit him with a potted plant which most men would react to, especially if their child were involved. If he was anyone but an NFL player or celebrity she would probably have been the one arrested and his “plea” is merely an attempt to get his life back on track at considerable cost.
    The NFL needs to include a segment in the rookie orientation about the dangers of keeping risky company and the potential for exploitation by women seeking a
    meal ticket for life.
    Can’t wait to see him back on the field. I’m confident that he has learned something from all of this! GO CARDINALS!

  37. By red bird of death! on Mar 25, 2014 | Reply

    Credit Card has got the right idea, just sayn. Ok enough let this thing take it’s coarse cause were acting like a bunch a fools ya dig we gots the drafts coming Red Sea, and this is our year get ready!

  38. By Eazy E on Mar 25, 2014 | Reply

    The first question we need to ask is what did she do to provoke him to do anything? I’m not saying that’s always the case, but I believe like Ray Rice’s situation, they ain’t stupid men and they know they got plenty to lose. Some women whether women or men want to admit it are trifling and they would do this stuff to their ”men” if they see fit. I’m not absolving him if he did it and wasn’t provoked but c’mon now…

  39. By Dr. G. on Mar 25, 2014 | Reply

    clssy – Portion? DWash accepted “all” of the responsibility of “one” of the myriad charges… You are correct on most of the colloquial echo… A nice day…

  40. By Dr. G. on Mar 25, 2014 | Reply

    EaseE – I need to clarify an opinion here. I do not believe that DWash intentionally meant to harm his EX. If he had, she would be in the morgue…

    If you read the reports, even in the newspapers, it indicates that he was returning with his daughter in arm after a Dairy Queen stop; the woman tried to take her by force and he simply pushed her away so he could hold his child. The woman added in her claims that he choked her as well…truth or not, that is what she said. Apparently, she had marks or her neck where he may have pushed her. A gentle little push by DWash could be a giant shove by another man.

    I agree with your assertions… But, in the beginning, these young men need to avoid meeting these types of people so that in the end, they will not victimize themselves when they try to be accountable to their children who were unknowingly conceived by the trapper plan. OK, just sayin”….

  41. By clssylssy on Mar 25, 2014 | Reply

    Dr. G & Easy:
    LOL! Thank you…I was trying to be diplomatic, I guess, something I hardly ever do but you are TOTALLY correct! His accuser did assault him first which provoked him, and would most men I know. According to the Phoenix media she has a court record and this wasn’t her first rodeo with this type incident!

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