Atlanta Falcons linebacker Barkevious Mingo arrested on charges of indecency with child; lawyer responds

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This photo provided by the Arlington Police Department shows Atlanta Falcons linebacker Barkevious Mingo. NFL linebacker Barkevious Mingo, who is currently with the Atlanta Falcons, has been arrested in Texas on a charge of indecency with a child-sexual contact. Mingo, 30, was arrested on Thursday, July 8, 2021 by police in the Dallas suburb of Arlington. Jail records listed an address for Mingo in West Monroe, Louisiana. ( Arlington Police Department via AP)

ARLINGTON, Texas (WKBN) – Atlanta Falcons linebacker Barkevious Mingo has been charged with indecency with a child and sexual contact, according multiple reports.

Mingo was arrested by the Arlington Police Department in Texas.

Mingo, a first-round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 2013, had signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons this off-season. His contract with the Falcons was terminated on Saturday.

“After being made aware today of allegations involving Barkevious Mingo and gathering information on the matter, the Atlanta Falcons have terminated his contract,” the team announced.

Mingo was arrested Thursday on the second-degree felony charge, it carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison in Texas.

He was released on $25,000 bond.

Lukas Garcia, an attorney for Mingo, has since called the allegations against his client “baseless” in a statement provided to Sports Illustrated, claiming that Mingo believes the alleged victims were “motivated by money or some other ulterior motive.”

“We are confident when the truth comes to light, my client will be fully exonerated,” Garcia said.

In three seasons with the Browns, he played 46 games recording 108 tackles and seven sacks.

Since then, Mingo has spent time with the Patriots, Bears, Texans, Colts and Seahawks.

He signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons this off-season.

(Information from WBKN.com and the Nexstar Media Wire)

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