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NFL Star Michael Boley

Secretly Arrested

for Child Abuse

5/2/2013 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0501-michael-boley-tmz-mugEx-New York Giants linebacker Michael Boley was quietly arrested for child abuse back in February ... 3 days after he was cut by the team ... TMZ has learned.

Boley -- a starting linebacker in Super Bowl XLVI -- had been under investigation in Alabama for a 2011 incident involving his son, who was 5 years old at the time.

The details of the alleged abuse are unclear, although sources tell us the allegations were of a physical nature and NOT sexual abuse.

Here's what we know ... Boley's case was scheduled to go in front of a grand jury in February 2013 ... but before that got under way, the 30-year-old NFL star struck a plea deal with prosecutors.

Court officials in Etowah County, AL tell TMZ ... Boley pled guilty to child abuse -- and in exchange, he was ordered to enroll in a pre-trial diversion program and upon completion the charge would be dropped.

Boley was also required to turn himself into authorities. He was booked on February 8, smiled for a mug shot and was released from custody later that day.

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Seems the NY Giants were hip to Boley's legal issues ... 'cause he was unexpectedly cut by the team on February 5 ... 3 days before Boley turned himself in to authorities. Boley is currently a free agent, on the hunt for a job.

A rep for Boley had no comment -- but sources connected to the NFL star tell us Boley plans to comply with the terms of the plea deal.

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5/3 -- Boley's agents have released a statement saying, "Mr. Boley is dealing with a personal matter that allegedly happened nearly two years ago. Michael has been and always will be a loving and supportive father to all of his children."

"Due to the circumstances of the situation, he has chosen to enter into an arrangement with the Courts that serves the best interest of his family. During this difficult time, Michael will gain strength from his family and continue to be the loving father that everyone knows him to be."

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IwuvTMZ    

Shame on you!

547 days ago
2.

Truth    

HOW WERE THE NY GIANTS "HIP" TO HIS LEGAL ISSUES 3 DAYS B4?? HERE'S A CLUE... CUZ THE DUDE TOLD THEM HE WAS GONNA BE ARRESTED 3 DAYS BEFORE AND THEY MUTUALLY AGREED HE WAS GONNA BE CUT. STOP ASSUMING NFL TEAMS ARE BASTIAN OF PC RIGHTEOUSNESS WHEN A GOOD 10% PLUS ARE CONVICTED CON MEN. #TRUTH!!

547 days ago
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LadyN    

What a disgusting human being, abusing his own little 5 year old son. He should be in jail not some "program" that will not change a thing. Ugh!

547 days ago
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truthteller    

Let him b surrounded by a group of great mums .we would have our own way of dealing with this child beater!!! Now that would b justice , !!!!!

547 days ago
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truthteller    

Poor child i wish i could give him a big snuggly cuddle

547 days ago
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guest    

*poof* he's authorities. (it's in to. sheesh)

547 days ago
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Jay-D    

Nfl star? Somebody doesnt know their football to well if they think michael boley constitutes a star.

547 days ago
8.

RyogaVee    

Probably spanked his kids and someone decided to charge him with child abuse.

547 days ago
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SKiNET HD    

Come on to my Cleveland Browns, you'll fit right in. Our owner just got raided by the FBI and our new starting linebacker just got popped for prostitution soliciting.

547 days ago
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J4X    

You shouldn't be able to plea out of a child abuse charge. It's even more fvcked to get a plea deal when the victim is only 5

547 days ago
11.

Cally    

"quietly arrested for child abuse back in February".

This is the media's way of saying "we didn't monitor police reports, and no-one tipped us off, so we had no idea. So rather than publishing something like "Michael Boley was arrested and we haven't even noticed until now, let alone published anything", they're phrasing it so as to imply that this guy was "arrested quietly" (cos lord knows, cops do some things really quietly so that the media won't get wind of it).

OWN GOAL here TMZ and other media. Nothing happened quietly, you just don't do journalism too well (but it's OK, we knew that already).

547 days ago
12.

News Flash     

If TMZ hadn't been up Kim K's dress at that time we would have some real news! Unbelievable that charges will be dropped. That poor child he abused :(

547 days ago
13.

Caddtsrx3    

No team should pick him up aHole!!!!

547 days ago
14.

Blue Lake    

Bullt! Ignorant culture of smacking babies and women around. Get over it and grow up.

547 days ago
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DudeLebowski    

Just because he played in the NFL doesn't make him a "star." This is old news from February....

547 days ago
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