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Chargers OT King Dunlap arrested for violating restraining order

Nov 6, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers tackle King Dunlap (77) looks on during the third quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Vincent Frank
Written by Vincent Frank

The NFL offseason has not really gotten off to a good start when it comes to the police blotter. Fresh off news that New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis has been charged with four felony counts stemming from an incident in Pittsburgh over the weekend, comes this serious news.

Los Angeles Chargers offensive tackle King Dunlap was arrested Thursday night in Tennessee at his girlfriend’s house. According to the East Nashville Patch, the arrest stems from Dunlap allegedly violating an order of protection, otherwise known as a restraining order.

Though, Dunlap’s attorney claims that the situation was nothing more than a misunderstanding.

“This event was a misunderstanding between the parties as to what was allowed under the order. They had been discussing a joint resolution,” Dunlap’s lawyer Worrick Robinson said, via WKRN in Nashville. “This was not an egregious event, but two parties trying to come to a mutual understanding. Unfortunately a literal reading of the order meant absolutely no contact, and we trust the facts will resolve all issues in a favorable way for Mr. Dunlap.”

Dunlap is a key cog for a Chargers offensive line tasked with protecting Philip Rivers. The former Auburn standout has started 46 games for the team over the past four seasons and has been one of the best left tackles in the game.

The offensive tackle had a previous run-in with authorities. Back in 2011, he was arrested on charges of reckless driving and disorderly conduct in Nashville.

With $17 million owed to him over the next two seasons, it remains to be seen if this will have an impact on Dunlap’s future with the Los Angeles-based NFL team.

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Vincent Frank

Vincent Frank

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