Defensive Tackle Isaiah Buggs Arrested for Domestic Violence Charge

( – On Sunday June 16, NFL tackle Isaiah Buggs of the Kansas City Chiefs was arrested on charges of domestic violence and burglary in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He was released on a bond of $5,000. This is his second recent arrest.

A warrant for Buggs’ arrest for charges of second-degree animal cruelty was issued in May, and Buggs turned himself in. Two dogs were found malnourished and apparently abandoned on a property that he had recently vacated. One of the dogs was euthanized due to aggression and possible illness. He was released on a $600 bond and will appear in court regarding the issue at a later date.

Buggs’ agent, Trey Robinson, has denied all of the allegations directed at his client. He claims that the city of Tuscaloosa and their police department are involved in a conspiracy to “besmirch Mr. Buggs’ name and reputation”. Robinson says that this is all part of an effort to force Buggs to close his local business, Kings Hookah Lounge. He also asserts that his client has been arrested at his place of business twice on misdemeanor charges and alleges that police deliberately made no public record of those arrests. Details regarding the cause of his domestic violence and burglary charges have not been released.

Buggs signed a contract with the Chiefs in February after spending the last season on their practice squad. The Chiefs were apparently planning to use Buggs to shore up the middle of their line. However, they signed Derrick Nnadi and Tershawn Wharton and reached a long-term deal with All-Pro tackle Chris Jones which may change things. The Chiefs celebrated their latest championship with a ring ceremony on Thursday. They have high hopes for a record third Super Bowl in a row.

It is unclear what the Chiefs are going to do regarding Buggs, but he could face discipline from the NFL over potential violations of the league’s personal conduct policy. As NFL players are very high-profile, any infractions draw public attention. The NFL has had to develop protocols to deal with criminal charges against players. Carefully balancing the integrity of the game while also holding players accountable for their actions is an ongoing challenge in the NFL and other sports leagues.

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