DACULA - The Atlanta Falcons' retooled image as NFL protagonists may have taken a hit Saturday when one of the team's premiere tacklers in 2007 was arrested for allegedly beating his wife.
Falcons linebacker Michael Boley, 25, was arrested in the wee hours of Saturday morning at his Dacula home after his wife, Chantelle Boley, told police he attacked her.
Gwinnett police charged Boley, a fifth-round draft pick in 2005 from Southern Mississippi, with one count of domestic battery, a misdemeanor.
Police determined Boley was the "primary aggressor" in a spat that left his wife with bruises on her upper back after he reportedly threw her into a wall and kitchen cabinet, Gwinnett police spokeswoman Cpl. Illana Spellman said.
Boley spent less than six hours in jail before he was released on $1,200 bond about 8 a.m., jail records show.
"The Falcons organization is aware of the situation and will have no comment at this time," Falcons vice president of football communications Reggie Roberts told ESPN.
The incident was triggered when Chantelle Boley accused her husband of cheating on her, according to a police report.
Chantelle Boley told police when she questioned her husband about the alleged affair he grew angry and threatened to leave their Misty Rock Cove home, but she hid his car keys because he had been drinking earlier in the evening. Michael Boley later grabbed her, pushed her against a living room wall and threw her over a couch, his wife said. When he tried to push her outside the home, she fought back, and he pushed her into the kitchen cabinet door, the police report says.
The alleged victim's injuries "were superficial and did not require medical attention," Spellman said.
Michael Boley admitted to pushing his wife out the door, saying he didn't care if his wife left "but she was not taking their children," the report says.
Spellman said she was not aware of a history of emergency calls logged from the Boleys' address. Domestic battery is a misdemeanor unless the offender is convicted a second time, she said.
Boley is a noted mentor to young children in metro Atlanta and is a father of two, according to his profile on the Falcons Web site.
No children were involved in the Saturday incident, police said.
Boley chalked 109 tackles, three sacks, four forced fumbles and two interceptions last year, his third full season with the embattled franchise.