Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson was arrested for domestic assault Saturday involving his girlfriend.
Franklin police said the 26-year-old was taken into custody near a Shell station on Murfreesboro Road in Franklin around 7:20 p.m.
According to the arrest warrant, an officer was flagged down by a witness at the gas station.
The officer reported seeing a passenger inside a vehicle who was trying to back away from being shoved, saying “stop” and covering her face.
The warrant claims Watson told the officer he and the woman were arguing about drinking and not being able to attend a wedding.
Watson reportedly admitted to pushing the woman and red marks were found on her chest, according to an arrest warrant.
He was charged with domestic assault and released on a $4,500 bond.
Watson is due in court on June 28.
The Predators released a statement on Watson’s arrest, which reads:
We are aware of the incident involving Austin Watson on Saturday night. We are still gathering facts and it is not appropriate for us to comment further at this time, but this is a matter that we are taking very seriously and will cooperate fully with the investigation by law enforcement. The Nashville Predators have and will continue to stand side by side with AMEND in the fight to end violence against women.
Watson was featured in a public service announcement with other Predators players speaking out against domestic violence for the YWCA. The PSA was posted on YouTube but was removed Wednesday morning. The YWCA released this statement:
The YWCA has a strong relationship with the Nashville Predators who have been great supporters in our efforts to reduce violence against women and children. We trust that they are handling the allegations against Mr. Watson in a manner that is respectful both to him and his family, as well as the potential victim.
According to public records in Williamson County Watson was married at one time, but was divorced in 2015.