SEATTLE, Wash. - Seahawks defensive lineman Rocky Bernard is jailed in Seattle after a woman reported he hit her at a downtown nightclub. Bernard was arrested early today and booked into the King County Jail under his full name, Robert Eugene Bernard, for investigation of domestic violence assault, a misdemeanor.
A Seattle police report says the victim reported that she and a friend were at a downtown club when they saw Bernard ... her ex-boyfriend and father of her baby ... arguing with another woman. The victim says Bernard then approached her and hit her in the forehead with his closed fist, causing her head to hit a glass divider. The police report says when the victim fled in a friend's car, Bernard hit the car windows as they drove away. The victim, a 22-year-old Renton woman, called police from a safe location. She declined to be taken to a hospital. The 29-year-old Bernard is in the final year of a $13 million, three-year contract extension he signed in 2006.
A fifth-round draft choice in 2002, Bernard has played in 88 games and started 40. Formal charges were not immediately filed by the City Attorney's office today because officials had not seen the police report. Bernard is being held without bail pending a preliminary hearing tomorrow.