James McKnight, a former Florida Miami Dolphins NFL player, was arrested Monday after he was accused of shoving his wife over a table during an argument, news sources report. McKnight, 40, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on charges of battery, domestic violence, and resisting an officer without violence. A judge ordered that he be held on $1,600 bail bond. Reports did not specify an attorney for McKnight.
According to reports, this is not McKnight's first arrest for domestic violence. Sources say he was arrested in October 2011 for allegedly punching his wife. The details regarding the outcome of that case were not immediately clear at press time.
Sources say McKnight began playing in the NFL in 1994. He played for the Seattle Seahawks for five years before moving on to the Dallas Cowboys and later the New York Giants, reports say. Between 2001 and 2003, McKnight played for the Miami Dolphins. He has since retired from football. Reports say McKnight currently coaches the football team at Cypress Bay High School in Weston; it is unclear how this arrest will affect his position with the school.
This latest incident occurred Monday evening at McKnight and his wife's home in Broward. Reports say McKnight accused his wife of having an affair, and the two were arguing. At some point, McKnight attempted to take the children into another room so that he could talk with them alone, reports say. However, the wife resisted. "A tug of war ensued using one of the children. Each was trying to pull the child away from the other," a police report allegedly says. It does not appear as though the child was injured in the scuffle.