D'Qwell Jackson arrested for simple assault

Dispute over parking spot leads to team's leading tackler being charged with assault of pizza deliveryman Tuesday.

Indianapolis Colts inside linebacker D’Qwell Jackson was arrested Tuesday in Washington D.C., on a charge of simple assault after allegedly punching a pizza deliveryman in a dispute over a parking spot.

It’s the third arrest of a Colts player in the last month — reserve linebacker Josh McNary was charged with rape and reserve linebacker Andrew Jackson was arrested for his second DUI in about a year in January. McNary is on the NFL Commissioner exempt list pending the outcome of his case.

According to WJLA-TV in Washington, the pizza deliveryman told Jackson he would be using the parking spot momentarily, which enraged Jackson, who told the driver to get out of the space before the alleged assault occurred. Jackson was booked and released with notice to appear in court at a later date.

The team released a statement: “The Indianapolis Colts have been made aware that D'Qwell Jackson was charged yesterday in Washington, D.C., with a count of simple assault. When the Club learns more of the surrounding facts, it will make an appropriate statement.”

This is standard policy for the team, which lets the legal process conclude before rendering any judgment or punishment. Jackson, if convicted, could be subject to discipline from the NFL for violating its personal conduct policy.

Jackson, 31, was the team’s leading tackler with 140 stops and made his first Pro Bowl this past season after signing a four-year, $22-million contract the previous offseason. He had spent the previous eight years in Cleveland.

He played his college ball at Maryland and has a residence in the Washington D.C., area.

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