Nashville Predators: Austin Watson arrested for domestic assault

One of the Nashville Predators fans’ favorites is dealing with major office issues. Austin Watson was arrested for domestic assault.

The offseason for the Nashville Predators is already filled with confusion and wonder. After winning the Presidents’ Trophy last season, the team faltered during the playoffs. What looked to be a team destined for a Stanley Cup season was left with heads low, questioning what happened.

Today, the Predators and their fans are back to questioning actions. On Saturday evening, Predators forward and fan favorite, Austin Watson, was arrested and charged with domestic assault. According to the Tennessean, police were flagged down by a witness of the altercation on Murfreesboro Road. When they arrived, they found the passenger of a vehicle backing away from being shoved.

The driver of the car was identified to be Watson. Reports say he and his girlfriend were in an argument regarding her drinking. The responding officer stated Watson admitted pushing his girlfriend and there were red marks appearing on her chest.

Watson was released on $4,500 bond and is due back in Williamson County Court on June 28.

The Nashville Predators released a brief statement regarding the issue.

We are aware of the incident involving Austin Watson on Saturday night.  We are still gathering facts and it is not appropriate for us to comment further at this time, but this is a matter that we are taking very seriously and will cooperate fully with the investigation by law enforcement.

In 2016, the NHL created mandatory sexual assault and domestic violence training for all teams and players. The league is not immune to players being charged with such acts. As a team, the Nashville Predators have participated in campaigns to end violence against women. Watson, along with Mike Fisher, Ryan Ellis, and P.K. Subban were part of a campaigned call “Unsilence the Violence.”

Watson was released on $4,500 bond and is due back in Williamson County Court on June 28.

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