BY Art Thiel 01:20PM 03/27/2018

Seahawks cut Boykin after assault complaint

The longtime girlfriend of backup QB Trevone Boykin said he broke her jaw on both sides and strangled her. He denied the claims, but the Seahawks fired him.

After a claim of assault by his girlfriend, the Seahawks cut Trevone Boykin, who denied the claim. /

The Seahawks released backup QB Trevone Boykin Tuesday morning after Dallas TV station WFAA reported that he was being investigated for assaulting his girlfriend in his hometown of Mesquite, TX., an attack a week ago that left her with a jaw broken on both sides and strangulation marks on her neck.

The Seahawks announced Boykin’s release in a tweet. Boykin later released a statement to NFL Media denying all her claims. TMZ reported that Mansfield police investigating the episode said Boykin would be charged with felony aggravated assault.

Shabrika Bailey told the station the two had been in a relationship since high school. She said she was at his home when they began arguing over a text message on her phone that she refused to unlock for him.

“So he goes into a choke,” she said in a televised interview . “I remember him choking me and I’m trying to calm him down. And I just couldn’t. And I blacked out. I just couldn’t calm him down at all.

“The pressure was just hard. The pressure got hard to where I just remember just collapsing completely. And I just woke up in a puddle of blood on the kitchen floor. My whole right side was full of blood on the kitchen floor.”

Bailey was airlifted to Dallas’s Parkland Hospital, where she spent three days before being released.

Bailey said she was involved in another assault episode with Boykin. She was the driver of the car in March 2017 that backed into a wall of a Dallas night club, injuring several pedestrians. For the first time, she disclosed the accident was the result of an assault by Boykin, who was sitting in the back of the car.

“He leaned over, attacked me, and choked me unconscious, which made the car go into drive to reverse,” she said. Asked why she said nothing when she was charged with intoxication assault a year ago, Bailey said, “I was scared. I was just scared. Terrified, of everything. . . It just can’t keep going on. He just can’t get away with this. This is serious. This is domestic violence.

“You can’t keep doing this, it’s not cool, to constantly, like, make me the victim and you get away with it. Something has to happen because right now [he’s] just consistent with it. Like he can get away with it and nobody ever know.”

Boykin, 24, spent the past season on the practice squad and was not active for any game, but was re-signed by the Seahawks in January.  Austin Davis was Russell Wilson’s primary backup, but remains an unrestricted free agent, leaving Wilson as the roster’s lone QB.

In Boykin’s rookie season after he signed with Seattle as an undrafted free agent, he saw action in five games, completing 13 of 18 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown.

Boykin’s college career at Texas Christian University ended in trouble when he was charged with assaulting a police officer after he had been ejected from a San Antonio hotel two days before the Alamo Bowl game, from which he was suspended.

Boykin’s statement following the Seahawks decision:

“I understand the Seahawks decision to release me. The story that was reported casts a bad light on the organization and on me.

I want to be clear that the story is false. The police have taken statements from the accuser, another witness and me. All of these statements confirm that I was not involved in the physical altercation.

This woman has lied about me and it has cost me my job. I know guilt by association is real. This person has fabricated a story and I am suffering the consequences.

I will let the legal system run its course and I know I will be vindicated.”


  • Kevin Lynch

    Denial is not a river in Egypt.

  • Ron

    Moving on, who do we want as back-up QB?

    • Husky73

      Colin Kaepernick

      • Ron

        Would he play for minimum salary? Probably not. Mark Sanchez has popped up as a possibility.

        • tor5

          I like the Kap idea. Seems like he might come cheap at this point. His ban is ridiculous.

        • art thiel

          Kap doesn’t share his thoughts about playing, and the football world changes every year.

          • Ron

            Pete just shipped out Sherm and Bennett in an effort to quiet the team and remove distractions. I can’t see Pete now turning around and bringing in another distraction.

        • domdog

          O’ the subversive in me loves the Kaepernick pick. It certainly adds a little entertainment value and he might have one hell of a useful chip on his shoulder. Where the hell else are you going to that kind of experience that extends well into the playoffs. And his choice of social issues and how to personally address them them shows excellence.

      • art thiel

        That was my first thought as well. Without Bennett, Sherman and Lynch, Seahawks have lost their edginess.

  • Centiorari

    Add a dose of embarrassing assaults to the Seahawks traumatic off-season. Just waiting for Russell Wilson to go all Tiger Woods on us. Hey, the tough parts of the off-season are over, it’s all easy riding from here on out. Every draft pick is a darling at least for a few months.

    • art thiel

      How about if the Seahawks trade Wilson to Cleveland for the first and fourth picks? Purely conjecture here, but Schneider did say no one is untouchable.

      • Effzee


      • John M

        Keep bringing up a Wilson trade, that’l keep us adjusting our shorts . . .

        • art thiel

          Imagine how bunched your bloomers would be if he left in two years for nothing, like Sherman.

      • Centiorari

        I would’ve said that Wilson and Wagner were safe, since it helps to have a respected veteran on each side of the ball to help guide the newer members. However, since they did fire some of the coaching staff because of Wilson’s development/disciple and the 1st overall plus the 4th overall is a huge offer I think they would have to heavily consider it. None of the QB’s are as good as Wilson on or off the field now but you will get your choice of a decent QB class and get to under pay him for 5 years. The 4th pick could still net Barkley and you could still trade down on the 18th pick for more. I would be ok with it, doubt Browns will though.

        • Centiorari

          Ever since you brought this up, I’ve been curious and looking into it a bit. Here is some of the interesting facts;

          Wilson is in his last year of contract and it is looking like he will cost 30 mil a year to re-sign, his 3rd contract with the Hawks.

          Browns wanted to trade for Jimmy G and offered more than the 49’ers. They have had trouble getting teams to trade with them and the new GM seems set on getting established players over drafted potential like previous regime.

          JS was at Darnold’s and Allen’s pro day despite both being expected to go in the top 5.

          JS has this off-season been consistent on not wanting to sign his veterans to a 3rd contract due to the fallout of Marshawn, Kam, and others.

        • art thiel

          Cousins’ all-guaranteed deal changed the NFL QB world.

  • Effzee

    Is there anything good about Texas aside from Gregg Popovich?

    • Husky73

      The Dixie Chicks

    • PokeyPuff

      Stay in the hill country and you’ll be fine. Venture outwards and it gets scary quick. Agree Pop is great and i would add Earl Campbell and Willie Nelson to that list.

      • Kevin Lynch

        Jerry Jeff, Lyle, many great ballad singers.

    • art thiel

      Always liked Hakeem Olajuwon and Austin.

      • Effzee

        Okay, fine. There are a handful of non-objectionable things in Texas. I admit it.

    • rosetta_stoned

      And I suspect people from Texas ask the same thing about Washington.

      • Effzee


  • Husky73

    March 2017 he chokes her in a car. Twelve months later he chokes her unconscious again. Why did she stay with a monster? I hope she has a good doctor and a good lawyer. Cage him up.

    • art thiel

      According to some studies, some people who stay in abusive relationships prefer the known to the unknown, even if it is dangerous.

      • DB

        Is this why we stuck with Richard Sherman last season?

        • art thiel


  • WestCoastBias79

    Well, considering that Russ is going to be ruined by Suh and Donald whenever they play the Rams, SIGN KAEPERNICK!

    I miss Jeff Fisher.

    • art thiel

      D.J. Fluker says, bring ’em on. Candyasses.