The Atlanta Falcons released linebacker Barkevious Mingo on Saturday after he was arrested in Texas on a charge of indecency with sexual contact with children.
“After learning about the allegations involving Barkevious Mingo today and gathering information on the matter, the Atlanta Falcons have terminated their contract,” the team said in a statement.
Arlington police said Mingo was arrested Thursday on a second-degree felony charge, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison in Texas. The charge relates to having sexual contact with someone under the age of 17 or causing the child to engage in sexual conduct.
Mingo was released from jail on a $ 25,000 bond. Details surrounding the arrest are still unclear.
The 30-year-old’s attorney called the allegations “completely unfounded” in a statement, according to ESPN.
“At this stage, our side has very limited information,” said the lawyer. “What we do know is that these accusations are from more than two years ago and are completely false. Mr. Mingo is the victim of a false claim and we believe this is motivated by money or some other ulterior motive.”
Mingo signed a one-year deal with the Falcons in March after spending the 2020 season with the Chicago Bears.