FIU football player Shawndarrius Phillips was arrested on Wednesday on a domestic battery by strangulation charge. Perhaps the most surprising part of Phillips’ arrest, though, is that it came three months after a warrant was initially issued for his arrest, according to the Miami Herald.
Phillips was released on $6,000 bond Thursday.
The timing of the warrant is troubling, however, because it means that Phillips made 11 appearances for the Golden Panthers during the 2018 college football season while wanted for domestic violence. In five of those games, Phillips was the starting running back.
This season, Phillips recorded 94 carries for 393 yards and four touchdowns.
FIU has yet to comment on Phillips’ arrest and gave the Miami Herald no comment when asked whether anyone had previous knowledge of his situation. The details from the incident are very disturbing.
The probable cause affidavit says Phillips’ ex-girlfriend called Broward Sheriff’s Office on June 17. She said a discussion about who she was dating a month after their breakup turned physical when Phillips, who lists at 5-foot-10 and 225 pounds, began choking her with his right hand.
As she struggled to speak or even breathe, she said, “Phillips got her on her feet and walked her back towards his couch until she fell back on the couch,” according to the affidavit. Scratching his hand, she said, did no good and he remained atop her. She claimed Phillips got off her, saying, “Don’t you ever speak to me or my family again.” He then ordered her out, saying, “If you don’t leave, I’m going to break your jaw.”
As of the time of this writing, Phillips is still a member of the FIU football team’s roster.
It remains to be seen how long that will be the case.