NEW YORK - On Friday the NFL announced it has suspended former Seahawks defensive lineman Malik McDowell for two games after footage showed him in an altercation with a police officer at a Michigan gas station back in February.
Surveillance footage of the incident was posted by TMZ sports on Tuesday.
In the video, McDowell is seen in a physical altercation with a police officer before the officer uses a taser to subdue him.
McDowell was charged with assault and resisting arrest, as well as operating a vehicle while intoxicated. His court date is set for July 29th.
McDowell had previously been arrested for disorderly conduct in December 2017 after an altercation at a bar in Atlanta.
McDowell was a star at Michigan State from 2014-16. At 6’6”, 300 pounds, he had a lot of pro potential. The Seahawks selected McDowell with the 35th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. A few weeks prior to Seattle’s training camp, he was injured in an ATV accident and placed on injury reserve. McDowell never played a game for the Seahawks and was released in 2018. The Seahawks also sued to recoup part of his signing bonus.
McDowell recently had a meeting with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason, but has yet to sign anywhere after being released from the Seahawks. If he signs with a team for the 2019 season, or any season beyond, he will miss the first two games.
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