Chad Wheeler’s ex-girlfriend recalled how the previous Seattle Seahawks participant spiraled right into a “darkish place” earlier than he allegedly beat her unconscious final month — and now believes he ought to serve jail time for the vicious assault.
Together with her left arm nonetheless in a sling, Alleah Taylor sat down with “CBS This Morning,” saying her boyfriend of six months started appearing bizarrely in the hours main as much as the Jan. 23 assault.
It began with Wheeler texting that he’d simply shaved his head.
“He liked, simply liked his lengthy hair. Refused to chop it. And it stunned me, and it apprehensive me,” Taylor mentioned in an interview out Wednesday. “I got here residence. And Chad was attempting to play it off as if he simply type of reduce his hair. However then, as time went on all through the day, he began going downhill emotionally.”
Wheeler, the 6-foot-7, 310-pound former offensive sort out, abruptly “snapped right into a darkish place” — ordering Taylor to “bow down.”
“And I requested him why. And he didn’t reply. He simply advised me to bow down once more. And I advised him no. And he instantly grabbed my neck. And that’s when issues started,” Taylor tearfully recalled.
Wheeler, 27, allegedly then choked Taylor, who blacked out twice through the assault.
The gridiron star, who performed two seasons with the New York Giants beginning in 2017, barely reacted to her accidents — a bloodied and bruised face and a dislocated shoulder.
“I had touched my face. And I seemed down, and there was, there’s blood on my hand … I bear in mind getting up and operating to the toilet,” she advised CBS. “Chad was standing by the mattress, by the doorway. And he was sipping his smoothie and was, like, ‘Wow, you’re, you’re nonetheless alive.’”
Taylor then locked herself in the toilet, referred to as 911 and texted Wheeler’s household and pa for assist.
Wheeler has since apologized to Taylor, saying he was in the throes of a “manic episode” and asserting he was stepping away from soccer.
The ex-lineman had been taking treatment for bipolar dysfunction, however just lately stopped taking it, in line with a police report.
However Taylor isn’t satisfied Wheeler’s psychological sickness is accountable in her early-morning assault.
“To be sincere, I don’t know,” she mentioned. “He went and ate dinner after doing this to me. And he didn’t take the identical strategy with the cops as he did with me.”
Three law enforcement officials needed to bounce on the hulking athlete in order to haul him into custody. They finally used a Taser on him — which had “little to no impact,” one officer wrote in a report.
Wheeler is charged with first-degree home violence assault, home violence illegal imprisonment and resisting arrest. He has pleaded not responsible.
Taylor confirmed as much as the arraignment earlier this month as a result of “I didn’t need him to assume that he had that energy over me. That I wasn’t going to defend myself.
“I assumed, how simple would that be for him and his authorized staff to have the ability to say no matter they need with out having to look me in the attention,” she mentioned.
Requested whether or not Wheeler ought to be tossed behind bars for what he did, Taylor replied, “Sure. Sure. I positively do assume that he ought to.
She mentioned enduring her accidents and the surgical procedures they required wasn’t the toughest half about her ordeal.
“It was getting a name from my niece and nephews … They thought that they had misplaced me,” she mentioned. “And the ache in their voice. I’ll always remember that. I’ll always remember that.”