Barkevious Mingo’s lawyer scolds Atlanta Falcons for releasing linebacker following arrest

The attorney for linebacker Barkevious Mingo has chastised the Atlanta Falcons for releasing the veteran following he was billed with indecency with a baby-sexual contact.

“We are exceptionally dissatisfied in the Atlanta Falcons’ rush to judgment in terminating Barkevious Mingo’s agreement right before accumulating all of the applicable specifics and prior to my client acquiring his working day in court docket,” Mingo’s guide counsel, Chris Lewis, explained in a assertion presented to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “The accusation against Mr. Mingo is a lie. Barkevious appreciates it — so does his accuser.”

Mingo was launched by the workforce Saturday following the Falcons have been produced conscious of his Thursday arrest on the next-degree felony cost. According to Tarrant County information, Mingo was launched on $twenty five,000 bond Friday.

The cost carries a optimum penalty of twenty several years in jail under Texas state law. According to the state penal code, indecency with a baby-sexual contact relates to partaking in sexual contact with someone youthful than 17 several years of age or producing the baby to interact in sexual contact.

Lewis explained his client will be “totally vindicated when the fact comes to mild. When that transpires, the real drive of the accuser will be distinct and unambiguous.”

Mingo signed a a person-year agreement with the Falcons in March. The 2013 initially-spherical decide on by the Cleveland Browns has bounced all-around the NFL considering that staying traded to the New England Patriots in 2016, participating in for 5 distinctive groups above the past 5 seasons, which includes the Chicago Bears in 2020.