Cardinals Cheerleader, Iraq Veteran Now Facing Assault Charges
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (CBS Las Vegas) – Iraq veteran and Arizona Cardinals cheerleader Megan Welter, who received national news attention after her story of transition from the Army to the football field went viral, is now making headlines for a different reason – assaulting her boyfriend.
According to 3TV News, Welter was arrested July 20 after police were called to settle a domestic dispute between her and the unnamed man.
The trouble began when the couple began to argue while intoxicated. In a video obtained by the station of the incident, Welter expresses distrust of her boyfriend, and requests repeatedly to see his phone.
“Who is she?” she also asks of him during the tape.
The fight turned physical soon after, though accounts of how the altercation began are varied.
Welter was the one to call 911, claiming to the operator that her “professional fighter” boyfriend was abusing her, and had put her in a “choke hold with his legs.” When Scottsdale police arrived on the scene, she told officers that her boyfriend had hit her first, and that he also pushed and choked her. Her boyfriend denied the allegations, stating instead that she was the only one who had resorted to violence.
A police report also obtained by 3TV indicates that police saw no injuries on Welter, but observed several on her boyfriend that corroborated his version of events. After showing police the video he had taken on his phone, it was Welter who was detained by authorities.
Welter is now facing assault charges, as well as criminal damage and disorderly conduct.
In a statement released to the station, Welter’s boyfriend seemed conciliatory.
“People make mistakes, no one is perfect. I honestly want the best for her and I hope that this doesn’t take away from the good things that she has done for both the NFL, as well as the service to our country,” he was quoted as saying. “People seem to only remember the bad and it is easy to point fingers while standing on the outside.”
He added, “Now with that said, violence is never the answer and I honestly hope that this can be a learning experience for her and everyone else.”