The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating allegations that Oakland Raider’s offensive tackle Donald Penn assaulted his wife.
According to TMZ, LAPD officers responded to a call around 9 p.m. Sunday after Penn, 35, allegedly slapped his wife’s butt, poured a drink over her head and grabbed her wrist. Penn reportedly left the scene before police arrived.
Penn and his wife, Dominique, later disputed in a joint statement that a physical altercation ever occurred.
“There was a verbal disagreement, there was NO physical altercation,” the statement said. “The two are in the middle of a divorce and it is a hard time for both parties.”
Penn, who signed a $21 million contract extension after holding out during training camp last summer, is currently recovering from Lisfranc surgery to his right foot after being injured in Week 15 last season. Meanwhile, the Raiders selected two offensive tackles in the draft: first-rounder Kolton Miller out of UCLA and third-rounder Brandon Parker from North Carolina A&T.
Head coach Jon Gruden, however, denies that the draft picks had anything to do with Penn’s status.
“This is about the future of the Oakland Raiders,” Gruden said. “We have an outstanding young quarterback [Derek Carr], we have a need at the position, and we’re very fortunate to address [it]. But it doesn’t really say anything to Donald Penn.”