UPDATE: King Dunlap’s lawyer confirmed to News 2 his case was dismissed on Feb. 21, 2017.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – NFL player and Nashville native King David Dunlap V was arrested in Nashville Thursday night.
The Los Angeles Chargers offensive tackle was charged with violating an order of protection and has since bonded out of jail.
According to Dunlap’s attorney, Worrick Robinson, he was leaving Nashville for San Diego to train when his girlfriend reportedly asked if he wanted to get some clothes before he left. Neighbors saw Dunlap’s car in the driveway and thought there was “an issue.”
Robinson gave a statement to News 2 regarding Dunlap’s arrest.
This event was a misunderstanding between the parties as to what was allowed under the order. They had been discussing a joint resolution. 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’s girlfriend requested an order of protection against him on Feb. 10. According to paperwork filed with the Davidson County Circuit Court Clerk, he and his girlfriend have been in a relationship for 12 years and have two children together.
In the petition, his girlfriend states Dunlap “snapped” on the night of Feb. 9. He allegedly “started tossing the mattress and sheets over the deck.”
She says the two argued and then he destroyed a bathroom door. She wrote, “He first kicked it, and his leg went through it. Then he started punching it, and ripping it to shreds.” She later described trying to lay on the couch to sleep and says he “came out with a hammer in his hands.”
The girlfriend later claimed in the petition that his behavior from the Feb. 9 incident was part of a pattern, saying, “Any confrontation between us will end up like this.”
She also described an incident from when the two lived in Philadelphia seven or eight years prior. She alleged “he was angry with me and went to put his hands around my throat, and had me pinned up against the wall with my feet dangling, screaming in my face.”
Dunlap was also arrested in Nashville in 2011 and charged with reckless driving and disorderly conduct.
The Nashville native played at Brentwood Academy before attending Auburn University. He was then drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2008. He has been a member of the Chargers since 2013.