Good news for Miami Dolphins safety Xavien Howard, as his December arrest on a domestic battery charge has been dismissed.
This according to South Florida attorney and radio host, Amber Wilson, who reported first on Thursday morning that she had learned Howard is no longer under investigation:
Can confirm the charge against Xavien Howard has been dropped.
— Amber Wilson, Esq. (@amberw790) February 6, 2020
As we wrote in late December, Howard argument with his fiancee’ that became physical, and she was thrown to the floor with obvious bruising and injury. Then, when authorities arrived they had enough to arrest Howard on a single charge of domestic violence.
The incident took place on the night of the final game of the season for the Dolphins, where they had upset the Patriots in Foxboro.
Howard was not with the team, as he had been on injured reserve since the middle of the season due to a knee injury. A year ago, he was a Pro Bowler and led the AFC in interceptions with seven. Plus, he had an additional 12 passes defended in 2018.
The former second-round pick out of Baylor in 2016 is considered one of the building blocks for the future for Brian Flores and his defense.
Howard was also given a lucrative five year contract extension with $46 million guaranteed last off season. And we theorized at the time, that it was entirely possible that the safety could’ve had some or all of his future guaranteed money voided by his arrest.
Now, with the charge dropped, it’s unclear what, if any, action the Dolphins will take.
Now, it’s an entirely different matter with the NFL and possible discipline under the league’s “personal conduct policy.” The NFL suspended Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott for six games two years ago for a domestic violence incident without criminal charges or much less, a conviction.
They also suspended Bucs QB Jameis Winston for three games in 2018 for his role inappropriately touching a female Uber driver in 2016, despite, again, no criminal charges or convictions.
It’s likely that if Howard receives any NFL discipline, it would be a maximum of one game of suspension.