NFL Suspends Chiefs Linebacker Willie Gay Four Games For Personal Conduct Violation

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NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero announced that the National Football League has suspended Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Willie Gay for the next four games. According to the Chiefs Wire, Gay’s suspension is a result of the linebacker’s arrest back in January. Gay was ultimately charged with misdemeanor property damage in Overland Park.

The Chiefs are coming off of a week two victory over it’s division rivals, the Los Angeles Chargers. Gay was one of the Chiefs’ standout players, racking up 11 total tackles (6 solo). The 24-year-old reportedly agreed to a plea deal, which included entering a pre-trial diversion program, during the offseason, back in June. Gay’s eligibility for return is October 17th after the Chiefs play the Buffalo Bills.

The arrest occurred after the linebacker allegedly got into an argument with the mother of his son. The linebacker was accused of causing criminal damage of less than $1,000 according to the affidavit from the District Court of Johnson County (Kansas). The damages include a door frame, a vacuum, and a wall.

Gay is entering his third season with the Chiefs after being selected 63rd overall in the 2020 NFL Draft. Gay recorded a career high in tackles with 48 in the 2021 season, and his first career interception against Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The linebacker followed that up with another interception the next game against New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones, making him the first Chiefs player to accomplish this feat since Derrick Johnson during the 2013 season.

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