Prepare yourselves, folks. This one is mighty bothersome.
According to several news outlets, Jonathan Fanene, a former NFL defensive end who spent seven seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, has been charged with eight felonies, which allegedly include an incredibly disturbing attack on his wife and sister in American Samoa after the two women accused him of having an affair.
The University of Utah product was released on $100,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court next week.
Former Cincinnati Bengals DE Jonathan Fanene faces charges he used a pipe, golf club and broom handle to assault his wife and his sister. https://t.co/FmLP785jWs— AP NFL (@AP_NFL) June 7, 2019
The incident, which occurred on May 26, was witnessed by the couple's nine-year-old son, who told police that his father instructed him to grab a bat, and when he couldn't find one, to bring him a series of other objects to replicate its effect; namely, a pipe, broom handle, and golf club.
Per Pro Football talk, Fanene proceeded to reportedly assault his wife with the objects in question, grabbing an extension cord as well, and whipping both assailants.
Fanene's wife claimed that whenever she tried to escape the attack, the former DE would grab her and continue the assault.
We'll continue to advise readers to wait for confirmation of the news, but the nine-year-old eyewitness seals our feelings of avulsion. To say that we are significantly disturbed doesn't even begin to describe it.