MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — Detroit Lions safety Amari Spievey was arrested in Middletown, Conn., Tuesday after a dispute with his girlfriend about child support, police said.
Spievey, 24, was charged with third-degree assault, risk of injury to a child and disorderly conduct for the incident that happened shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday, police said.
His girlfriend, 26-year-old Lisamarie Santos, was also charged with risk of injury and disorderly conduct for her alleged involvement in the domestic dispute.
Santos told police she and Spievey, her live-in boyfriend, got into an argument about child support. She said he is the father of her 2-year-old daughter. At one point during the argument, Spievey put his hand around Santos' neck and pushed her, she told police. Police said they observed a small red mark on the front side of her neck.
In a later statement to police, Santos said Spievey was telling her daughter "not to be like your mother.' She also told police that when she asked Spievey for money, he told her to "take him to court,' according to police.
Santos is accused of pushing Spievey while he was holding their daughter, and he pushed her back, according to police. She then tried to take the child away from him, but he pushed her until she stumbled against a counter, according to police.
Spievey told police Santos grabbed his throat with her right hand and he had to push her hand away. He also told police she threw a "flurry of punches at his chest.' Spievey allegedly told police he already gives Santos child support and that he will pay anything for his daughter, but he will not pay for Santos to "go shopping and pay off her student loans,' according to police.
Bond was set at $5,000 non-surety for Spievey and Santos and they were both scheduled to appear in Middletown Superior Court on Wednesday. They were issued no-contact orders and Spievey told police he would be staying elsewhere until his court date. Police also notified the state Department of Children and Families of the incident.
Spievey appeared in just five games in 2012 with the Lions before being places on injured reserve after suffering a mid-season concussion. The third-year pro has five career interceptions, three coming during the 2011 season. He signed a one-year deal with the Lions in mid-March.