Former NFL San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau was arrested in the early morning hours of Monday on suspicion of domestic violence. He then drove his SUV off a cliff in Carlsbad, California after being released from jail at about 3:20 a.m.
Seau, 41, was found by emergency crews on the beach after a 911 call received at 8:42 a.m., reports ABC News.
His 25-year-old girlfriend told police that the athlete assaulted her during an argument. According to authorities, she did not require medical treatment but appeared to have minor injuries.
ABC notes that Seau was a “standout player” while at the University of California. He went on to play for the Chargers, the Miami Dolphins, and the New England Patriots, retiring in 2009.