Ex-USC Linebacker releases public comments for first time since arrest

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Famous USC Football Linebacker Willie McGinest was arrested on a felony charge on Monday. It was a charge of assault with a deadly weapon in L.A. The Los Angeles County Sherrif's Office disclosed to the media that it was McGinest himself that turned himself in early on Monday morning for the alleged crime. The alleged crime happened earlier this month at a West Hollywood nightclub (Delilah).

The former first round NFL Draft pick out of USC was charged, and then he posted $30,000 bail and was released. A video obtained by TMZ does show McGinest beating a man with his fist, and later a bottle (which must be the "deadly weapon" included in the felony charge).

What McGinest would likely point to, however, is that the video did not show why he did that. In fact, that is essentially what he said in his first comments since his arrest. In an Instagram story post, McGinest said that "Things aren’t always how they seem at first glance. The Truth will prevail.”

McGinest appears to be implying that there is a viable reason as to why he beat the man with his fist and a bottle. More information about the situation will likely be coming out in the near future, though, so the answers (or the lack thereof) to what he could be talking about will likely be brought to light.

The ex-USC Football Linebacker, Willie McGinest, currently works for NFL Network.

The NFL Network did say that former USC Football Linebacker Willie McGinest has been suspended. Their statement was sent to ProFootballTalk. “We are aware of the incident and the video, which is disturbing," said the statement, delivered by an NFL Network spokesman. "Willie McGinest will not appear on NFL Network while we review the matter."

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McGinest played in the NFL for 15 seasons, after his strong college career at USC. He played 12 of those years for the New England Patriots, where he was a Pro Bowler twice and a Super Bowl Champion three times. He played for the Cleveland Browns for the final three seasons of his career.