• Steelers' Anthony Chickillo placed on commissioner's exempt list after weekend arrest

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    FARMINGTON, Pa. - Steelers linebacker Anthony Chickillo was arrested early Sunday morning in Fayette County after a domestic situation with his girlfriend at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, Pennsylvania State Police said.

    On Wednesday, he was placed on the NFL's Reserve/Commissioner Exempt List, and the Steelers added LB Jayrone Elliott to the 53-man roster.

    That means Chickillo will be unable to participate in any team-related practices or games as the league and police complete separate investigations.

    According to the NFL’s personal conduct policy, a player who is placed on the commissioner’s exempt list may not practice or attend games.

    However, with the club’s permission he may be present at the club’s facility on a reasonable basis for meetings, individual workouts, therapy and rehabilitation, and other permitted non-football activities.

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    According to a police report, Chickillo told police he and his girlfriend got into a verbal argument at the Lady Luck Casino, and the argument continued to their hotel room at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. 

    Chickillo told police the argument became physical, resulting in his girlfriend hitting him in the head with her fist and him pushing her to the ground.

    Chickillo's girlfriend agreed that the argument started at the casino and continued to the hotel room, according to the police report. She told police Chickillo grabbed her by her biceps and forced her against a wall and door of the hotel room, causing injuries. It was then that she said she punched Chickillo in the head, and that Chickillo threw her to the ground and damaged her cellphone.

    Visible injuries were observed on the woman's left and right biceps, police said.

    Chickillo is facing multiple charges, including simple assault, criminal mischief and harassment. He was released from jail on $10,000 bond.

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    State police said Chickillo's girlfriend was cited for harassment.

    ESPN reported Chickillo and his girlfriend, a world-class pole vaulter for Canada, met at the University of Miami.

    The Pittsburgh Steelers released the following statement regarding Chickillo, confirming they were aware of the incident that led to his arrest:

    “We are aware of an incident involving Anthony Chickillo last night and are still gathering information. Until we have further details we will not provide any further comments.

    A spokesperson for the Steelers said Chickillo has been instructed to not be in the building Monday or report to practice as team officials work with the NFL to gather more information about what happened.

    Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert issued a statement Tuesday:

    "In regard to the recent incident involving Anthony Chickillo, we will continue to gather information, and we will fully cooperate with the NFL’s investigation. Any discipline involving the player will be determined after the gathering of further information from law enforcement and the League Office."

    Channel 11 News has reached out to Nemacolin Woodlands Resort about the incident, but we have not heard back.

    During his weekly press conference, head coach Mike Tomlin said the organization does take the allegations and arrest of Chickillo seriously, but he declined to further elaborate.


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