The Atlanta Falcons have released linebacker Barkevious Mingo after allegations of indecent sexual behavior with a child came to light after he posted bail in Tarrant County, Texas, according to multiple reports.
Mingo was released after paying $25,000 bail. Mingo is charged with indecency with sexual contact with children, a crime that carries a prison sentence of up to 20 years in Texas.
Mingo’s lawyer labeled the claim against his client as “completely unfounded.”
“Barkevious Mingo is innocent,” lawyer Lukas Garcia said. “At this stage, our side has very limited information. What we do know is that these allegations are from over two years ago and are completely untrue. Mr. Mingo is the victim of a false claim, and we believe this is motivated by money or some other ulterior motive. We are confident that when the truth comes to light, my client will be fully acquitted.”
The Falcons released a statement on Saturday that they are taking the allegations very seriously and are monitoring the situation. That attitude eventually turned to the team who chose to just wash their hands of it but cut off Mingo.
Mingo signed a one-year contract with the Falcons in March after spending last season with the Chicago Bears. Mingo was the sixth overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft and has also played for the New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks and Houston Texans.