Erik Walden, the Green Bay Packers‘ outside linebacker who spent three days in jail over the Thanksgiving Day holiday weekend but then released with no charges, was back in court this morning where he pleaded not guilty to a disorderly conduct charge.
With his not guilty plea, Walden will be back in the Brown County Court Dec. 27.
Walden was arrested the morning after Thanksgiving when his live-in girlfriend went to St. Vincent Hospital with injuries allegedly suffered from a scuffle with Walden.
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Police arrested Walden and he was booked into the jail. Because the court was not in business that Friday, Walden had to sit in jail through the weekend before being released the following Monday. No charges were brought at that time.
After further investigation, Walden has been charged with the lesser disorderly conduct which carries a possible sentence of 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine if he is found guilty.
According to published reports, Brown County District Attorney John Zakowski said, “The bottom line is we’re basing it on the facts that were presented to law enforcement orginally. The information that was provided to St. Vincent’s Hospital, the emergency room. We also obtained a copy of the 9-1-1 tape. She had gone to the police department. She actually called 9-1-1 and wanted to report a domestic violence incident.”
At this point, the Packers have not commented on the new developments and it’s unclear what, if any, immediate punishment the Packers or the NFL may impose on Walden.
It is also unclear at this point whether Walden will play in Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders.