Packers LB Walden reaches deal to resolve charge
Green Bay Packers linebacker Erik Walden has reached a deferred
judgment agreement to resolve a disorderly conduct-domestic abuse
charge without pleading guilty.
Defense attorney Steve Richards said Walden has agreed to
perform 50 hours of community service and continue counseling.
”He’s not found guilty of anything at this time,” Richards
Richards said the charge will be dismissed in a year as long as
Walden stays out of trouble.
The plea deal was reported on the Green Bay Press-Gazette’s
website Friday afternoon.
”There’s no conviction,” Richards said. ”It satisfies our
It’s not clear if Walden will be subject to discipline by the
NFL. League spokesman Greg Aiello said Walden’s status ”will be
reviewed under our policy.”
Walden spent the weekend after Thanksgiving in jail after a Nov.
25 dispute with his girlfriend. He made a public apology to the
Packers, his teammates and fans after he was released and continued
to play for the team.
He was charged in December, entering a not guilty plea. If
convicted, Walden would have faced up to 90 days in jail and a
Walden originally was arrested on a more serious charge,
suspicion of felony domestic violence-substantial battery.
According to the complaint against Walden, girlfriend Erika T.
Palmer originally told police that Walden pushed her, causing her
to fall and hit a bed post and cut her forehead. Palmer said she
then attempted to punch Walden in self-defense.
The complaint said that once Palmer found out Walden would be
arrested, she began to change her story to say instead that she