Green Bay Packers cornerback Brandon Underwood, who will face an uphill climb to make the roster when training camp opens, is facing a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct after he allegedly ripped a Super Bowl necklace from his wife's neck before dragging her out of his car, WLUK-TV in Green Bay reported Tuesday.
He’ll appear in Brown County Court on Wednesday.
According to court documents obtained by the station, Underwood, 25, was arrested June 16 following the team’s Super Bowl rings ceremony. Underwood's wife, Brandie, told police that the couple, who have three sons, began arguing in the car on the way home from the event. She claimed Underwood became agitated over a necklace she was wearing that had been awarded to the players' wives.
The 25-year-old defensive back allegedly ripped the necklace from his wife's neck while the two were in the car outside their home. He then allegedly got out of the car, walked over to the passenger side and dragged her from the vehicle before driving off.
According to the police report, which details a phone conversation between Underwood and a Green Bay Police officer: “Brandon said he was upset that Brandie was wearing the necklace, and said that if Brandie was going to have the necklace, he wanted to be he one to make that decision of whether or not to give it to her, apparently referring to the fact that he and Brandie are on the process of getting a divorce.”
The player's wife then called police, according to the report, and Underwood was arrested upon his return. She told the officer that he didn’t want Underwood arrested for fear that he’d be released by the team and she would be unable to feed or clothe the children.
If convicted, Underwood would face a fine of up to $1,000 or 90 days in jail. He was fined $379 after pleading no contest to one count of prostitution for an incident at a condo near Wisconsin Dells in June 2010.
Underwood was drafted by the Packers out of the University of Cincinnati in the sixth round of the 2009 NFL Draft. In 12 games, he ranked fourth on the team with 11 tackles on special teams. He did not play any snaps on defense until being thrust into action for a few plays because of injuries in the Super Bowl.
In part because of Underwood’s slow progress and apparent maturity issues, the Packers used a fourth-round pick on cornerback Davon House.
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