Falcons defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman, for his involvement in a domestic violence case in DeKalb County from March of 2016, was suspended by NFL under the personal conduct policy on Saturday.
The length of the suspension has not been determined yet by the league.
“Today the NFL placed Ra’Shade Hageman on the commissioner’s exempt list as a result of domestic violence-related charges filed by prosecutors in DeKalb County, following a March 2016 incident,” the league noted. “The criminal proceeding concluded in late August, and the league’s investigation remains pending.”
A player who is placed on the Commissioner Exempt List may not practice or attend games, but with the club’s permission he may be present at the club’s facility on a reasonable basis for meetings, individual workouts, therapy and rehabilitation, and other permitted non-football activities.
Hageman was reluctant to discuss his case when it was pending. He allegedly pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges.
The incident was with the mother of his child. Hageman was charged with interfering with a call for emergency help, battery family violence and cruelty to children in the third degree.
The charges stem from an incident in which Hageman pulled the hair of the mother of his child and pushed her down in the parking lot outside of her apartment, causing her to sustain lacerations on her left hand and elbow. Hageman then took her phone, preventing her from calling 911. This incident happened in front of the couple's child.
Hageman was free on a $7,500 bond.
Hageman was the Falcons second round pick in the 2014 draft. He played in 44 games and made 15 starts.
Hageman continue to play while the case was pending in court.
The NFL contacted the team about the matter when after it happened.