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

said Friday.

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

$1,000 fine.

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

provoked Walden.