Derrius Guice, who has rushed for all 245 yards since arriving as the 59th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, was arrested on domestic violence charges Friday in Loudoun County, Virginia. The third-year running back turned himself in to authorities around 5 PM ET on charges of strangulation, destruction of property and three counts of assault and battery. Per the Washington Post, the strangulation charge is a felony. Washington was quick to cut ties with Guice, releasing the LSU alum mere hours after his arrest. Guice was not present for Friday’s training camp practice at the team’s facility in Ashburn, Virginia.
We have released RB Derrius Guice pic.twitter.com/L3mOP8GCIX
— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) August 7, 2020
Guice, who was seen handcuffed and taken into custody Friday, has already hired esteemed defense attorney Peter Greenspun. No stranger to high-profile cases, Greenspun has represented announcer Marv Albert and D.C. sniper John Allen Muhammad, among other notable clients.
Despite showing promise at LSU, Guice never panned out in Washington, suiting up just five times in his two seasons there. Guice proved capable when healthy (5.8 yards per carry on 42 career rushing attempts), but that’s been a rare occurrence for the former All-SEC performer, who blew out his ACL as a rookie before a torn meniscus cost him most of his 2019 campaign.
Already suffering from a major image crisis in the wake of recent scandals (a Washington Post profile exposed rampant sexual harassment within the organization, not to mention the team’s endless name controversy), Washington didn’t have the luxury of waiting to hear Guice’s side of the story. Similar to the circumstances that led to Kareem Hunt’s departure from Kansas City two years ago, no amount of PR spin was going to save Guice from his inevitable fate.
Second chances are a dime a dozen in the NFL, a league that has long employed players of questionable character in the interest of winning football games. That said, no one is going near Guice until his legal affairs are in order, and even then, the 23-year-old might still be too toxic for teams to consider.
Without Guice to lean on, Washington will proceed with a hodgepodge backfield featuring veteran Adrian Peterson, receiver/running back hybrid Antonio Gibson and former Bucs plodder Peyton Barber. It’s not the most exciting ensemble, but it will have to do. This was always going to be a rebuilding year for Washington anyway under first-year coach Ron Rivera and sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins.
According to Laura Wainman of WUSA9, Guice was briefly held at the Loudoun Adult Detention Center before posting a $10,000 bond. Wainman adds that Guice’s arrest stems from alleged incidents in February, March and April. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office had been investigating the matter since July 22nd while Washington first learned of the allegations Thursday.