“We’re extraordinarily disenchanted within the Atlanta Falcons’ rush to judgment in terminating Barkevious Mingo’s contract earlier than gathering all the related details and previous to my shopper having his day in courtroom,” Mingo’s lead counsel, Chris Lewis, stated in a statement given to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “The accusation in opposition to Mr. Mingo is a lie. Barkevious is aware of it — so does his accuser.”
Mingo, 30, was launched by the staff Saturday after the Falcons had been made conscious of his Thursday arrest on the second-degree felony cost. In response to Tarrant County information, Mingo was launched on $25,000 bond Friday.
The cost carries a most penalty of 20 years in jail below Texas state regulation. In response to the state penal code, indecency with a child-sexual contact pertains to participating in sexual contact with somebody youthful than 17 years of age or inflicting the kid to have interaction in sexual contact.
An arrest warrant obtained Monday by ESPN particulars the allegations by a then 13-year-old boy, who says Mingo pulled at his underwear and touched him inappropriately in July 2019. The boy says he and a good friend had been staying at a lodge with Mingo after a visit to an amusement park and restaurant, in line with the warrant.
Lewis stated his shopper might be “absolutely vindicated when the reality involves mild. When that occurs, the true motivation of the accuser might be clear and unambiguous.”
Mingo signed a one-year contract with the Falcons in March. The 2013 first-round decide by the Cleveland Browns has bounced across the NFL since being traded to the New England Patriots in 2016, taking part in for 5 completely different groups over the previous 5 seasons, together with the Chicago Bears in 2020.