Saturday night, the Atlanta Falcons announced the release of linebacker Barkevious Mingo after the player was arrested Thursday in Arlington, Texas on a charge of “indecency with a child, sexual contact.”
Atlanta released a statement regarding the situation Saturday afternoon:
“Our organization became aware of the allegations involving Barkevious Mingo today and are currently gathering information on this incident. The Falcons take the allegations very seriously and will continue to monitor the situation.”
Mingo was released Friday on $25,000 bond, according to Tarrant County bond records. No further details from the case were available at this time.
In a statement by Mingo’s attorney, Lukas Garcia called the charges “completely baseless.”
“The allegations out of Tarrant County against my client are completely baseless. Barkevious Mingo is innocent,” the statement read. “At this stage, our side has very limited information. What we do know is these allegations are from over two years ago and are completely untrue. Mr. Mingo is the victim of a false claim, and we believe this is motivated by money or some other ulterior motive. We are confident when the truth comes to light, my client will be fully exonerated.”
Mingo signed a one-year contract with the Falcons in March. The 2013 first-round pick by the Cleveland Browns has bounced around the NFL since being traded to the New England Patriots in 2016, playing for five different teams over the past five seasons, including the Chicago Bears in 2020.