Detroit Lions safety Amari Spievey was arrested in Middletown, Connecticut, on Tuesday after a fight with his girlfriend about child support. According to police, the 24-year-old and his 26-year-old girlfriend, Lisamarie Santos, got into a physical altercation inside their home.
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. Court documents show that Spievey can return once to the home with a police officer to gather his belongings. Police also notified the state Department of Children and Families of the incident. A new court date was scheduled for April 11.
source: Middletown PressAmari, who reportedly makes $630,000 per year, was charged with third-degree assault, risk of injury to a child and disorderly conduct for the incident and Lisamarie was charged with risk of injury and disorderly conduct. In a statement, a Lions spokesperson said: “We are aware of the reports involving Amari Spievey. We are in the process of gathering more information and will have no further comment at this time.”