Former Bengal Artrell Hawkins found not guilty of domestic violence

A Hamilton County Municipal Court judge has found former Bengals defensive back and NFL commentator Artrell Hawkins not guilty of domestic violence.

Thursday's ruling came a little less than two months after Hawkins' wife accused him of initiating a late-night altercation that involved property damage to a Springdale home where she was staying.

Hawkins's wife told police that her estranged husband slashed her tires and kicked in the basement door of her home on March 15, according to documents filed in Hamilton County Municipal Court. She told investigators that she feared for her own well-being as well as the safety of the her and Hawkins' children.

The woman filed a temporary restraining order against Hawkins who was also ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device on his ankle.

The couple separated in November.

Hawkins played six seasons with the Bengals after being drafted in the second round of the 1998 draft out of the University of Cincinnati He also spent one season with the Panthers and two with Patriots before retiring in 2006.

Neither party was available for comment after the court proceedings.


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