Ex-Patriot Willie McGinest out at NFL Network amid assault charges: report

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NFL Network is reportedly spinning off Willie McGinest He faces up to eight years in prison.

McGinest has been hit with One count of assault With a deadly weapon and other method of assault with force that may cause grievous bodily injury resulting from an attack on a restaurant in West Hollywood.

The former linebacker turned himself in to police on December 19 in connection with an assault that occurred 10 days earlier. The video appears to show McGinest punching a man in the face and later attacking him with a bottle.

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New England Patriots player Willie McGinest on the sidelines during a game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York on December 11, 2005. New England won the game 35-7.

New England Patriots player Willie McGinest on the sidelines during a game against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, New York on December 11, 2005. New England won the game 35-7. (Mark Connie / NFLPhotoLibrary)

McGinest spent most of his 15-year career in New England, earning two Pro Bowl nods and three Super Bowl tournaments.

The 51-year-old apologized for the incident shortly after in a lengthy Instagram post.

“First and foremost, I would like to offer my deepest apologies for my lapses in judgment and behavior on December 9 at a restaurant in West Hollywood,” McGinest wrote on Instagram later that month. “To my family, my community, my friends and the young people I mentor, please know that I feel terrible about my actions and take full responsibility.

New England Patriots Willie McGinest during the first quarter of Super Bowl XXXIX between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots at Altell Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida on February 6, 2005.

New England Patriots Willie McGinest during the first quarter of Super Bowl XXXIX between the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots at Altell Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida on February 6, 2005. (Messerschmitt / Getty Images)

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To my colleagues at NFL Network and those with whom I work closely as a consultant to professional and community organizations, please know that I am embarrassed and sorry for what happened.

“Most of all, I am disappointed in myself, because I know this is an isolated incident and does not reflect my faith, the role of a father, the body of work in life, or the model I have worked so hard to become. It is personally devastating because my decades of community service and involvement Youth, mentoring and professional development will become an afterthought in a single moment that should never have happened.

Willie McGinest #55 of the New England Patriots looks on prior to an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins on October 10, 2004, at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.

Willie McGinest #55 of the New England Patriots looks on prior to an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins on October 10, 2004, at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

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“This incident has caused me to think deeply about oneself – mind, soul, and spirit. I know violence is never the answer to situations like this, no matter how intensely provocative. Rest assured, I will take all necessary steps to restore public trust, mend damaged relationships and ensure this never happens again.” “.

McGinest has been suspended from his role as an analyst for NFL Network pending an investigation.

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