Former Buc Pearson arrested
Former Bucs safety Kalvin Pearson is being held without bond in a Tampa jail after getting arrested on charges of domestic violence, including domestic battery by strangulation, according to Hillsborough County jail records.
Pearson, 29, was booked this morning at 7:48 a.m. at Orient Road Jail, with two felony and one misdemeanor charges; aggravated battery of a pregnant female, domestic battery by strangulation, and obstructing or opposing an officer without violence.
According to the arrest affidavit, the alleged victim was in a 2008 Chevy Trailblazer when she was grabbed her hair, and neck against her will by Pearson, who began to choke her; as a result of the strangulation, the victim had red marks and bruising all around her neck. The report states that after struggling with the woman, Pearson fled the scene before getting apprehended by deputies. The woman was pregnant with Pearson's child, and he had knowledge of the pregnancy at the time of the incident, according to the report.
When reached Saturday afternoon, Pearson's Alabama-based agent, Michael Hawthorne, said they were still trying to sort out the details and would be able to offer a comment later. Hawthorne was vague regarding whether Pearson and the alleged victim were still in a relationship, saying "They've never been together, as far as we know."
"I found out (about the arrest) two-and-a-half hours ago," Hawthorne said. "We're trying to gather information now."
There was a $500 bond set for the obstructing charge, but no bond set for the other two charges.
Pearson spent three solid seasons with the Bucs, making 87 tackles in 46 games, before signing a three-year, $3.5 million deal with the Lions last month.
-- JOE SMITH