DAVI, Fla. – Dolphins in Miami have quit running back Mark Walton after being arrested Tuesday morning on charges of aggravated battery of a pregnant woman.
According to a police document released to ESPN, Walton is accused of pushing the woman into a wall and stabbed her several times in the face and head. Walton is currently being held in the Broward County Jail.
The officer called to the scene noticed swelling in the woman's left eye. Ena is five weeks pregnant and Walton is a father.
The alleged worsening of the battery occurred at 4:15 pm Tuesday in Davie, Florida, following a dispute.
The message to Walton's agent for a response was not immediately returned.
Walton, 22, has been through two four-match suspension games for violating NHL behavior and substance abuse policy in connection with his three arrests in January and March arrests. He was released by the Cincinnati Bengals after these arrests, and the dolphins signed him in May.
The Dolphins had originally expected Walton to return after serving his suspension, but they released him immediately when they said they were aware of police work on the second-ranked player on Tuesday morning.
"We hold our players to a high standard and we take these things very seriously. We will have no further comment, "general manager Chris Greer said in a statement.
Dolphins are now on the market for new leadership that begins in 2020. Cullen Ballage took over that role in Walton's absence with little success, averaging 1.9 yards per carry. Patrick Laird and Miles Gaskin received limited reps behind Ballage. The trio, along with De'Lance Turner, will carry the burden by the end of the season.
Walton, the 2018 fourth round pick from the University of Miami, leads the Dolphins with 201 rushing yards on average of 3.8 yards per carry. He also has 15 receptions for 89 yards. The league allowed Walton to be in the team facility and attend meetings during his non-pay suspension.
Walton received a six-month suspended sentence as part of an August deal to plead guilty to resolving his three court cases in the case. Walton's sentence was later vacated after meeting the court's requirements. Walton's lawyer, Michael Gottlieb, said in August that his client had been charged with the most serious crime of carrying a concealed weapon since his arrest in March, reduced to a second-degree felony charge after failing to plead guilty. Walton was arrested following a traffic accident with police. The plea agreement reduced the maximum length of his sentence from five years to 60 days.
Walton also pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and reckless driving and had a misdemeanor charge of marijuana dismissed in March. As part of the deal, Walton also had a drug charge since January arrest and a battery charge since his arrest in February. Walton also had to attend a driving school after a reckless plea to driving.