Falcons' Barkevious Mingo arrested in child sex offense case, Internet says 'career is over'
NFL's Atlanta Falcons linebacker Barkevious Mingo was charged with 'indecency with a child' and 'sexual contact'
On July 10, Mingo, 30, was held by the Arlington Police Department, though the exact details of his arrest are not yet known. The NFL player is reportedly facing a second-degree felony, which could carry a sentence of up to 20 years behind bars. Mingo's bond was set at $25,000 and he was released the day after he was taken into custody. He has been charged with indecency with a child and sexual contact, according to various reports. Texas' law on indecency with a child covers children aged 17 years or younger.
Arlington police confirmed in a statement that an investigation is ongoing. "The incident stems from an investigation that the department is conducting," the statement said. "Mingo turned himself in on his own accord in consultation with his attorney. The bond has been posted and he has been released from custody." The Falcons have released a statement to NBC, saying the organization is currently gathering information about the case. "Our organization became aware of the allegations involving Barkevious Mingo today and are currently gathering information on this incident," the statement says. "The Falcons take the allegations very seriously and will continue to monitor the situation."
Soon, the news made its way to social media. One person tweeted: "These things actually can and often does happen accidentally. Guys and gals may have to start checking IDs when on these booty call flings." While another one said, "This is the 2nd time. 1st time was in Akron, Ohio. He paid the mother off and they dropped the charges."
These things actually can and often does happen accidentally. Guys and gals may have to start checking IDs when on these booty call flings.— Servant (@okdawgg) July 10, 2021
This is the 2nd time. 1st time was in Akron, Ohio. He paid the mother off and they dropped the charges.— Ok Then (@Rob51999414) July 10, 2021
One user tweeted, "If his NFL career is over he has a spot in the @GOP, right on their moral compass." While making serious accusations, another one wrote, "Not a shocker in the least. It was well known in Cleveland that he was into underaged boys. Hell, Akron Police Dept took a call and/or had an investigation about his child exploits."
If his NFL career is over he has a spot in the @GOP, right on their moral compass.— Portman is ending his career (@GivingMyTake) July 10, 2021
Not a shocker in the least. It was well known in Cleveland that he was into under aged boys. Hell, Akron Police Dept took a call and/or had an investigation about his child exploits.— Spank Dat Ace (@spankdatace) July 10, 2021
In 2013, Mingo was drafted by the Browns and has also played for the Patriots, Colts, Seahawks, Texans and the Bears. He is originally from Florida and has one Super Bowl win, with the Patriots. He played college ball for Louisiana State before being drafted by the Browns.