Malik McDowell has seen his once-promising football career go down the drain because of a non-football injury and several legal issues, the most recent of which resulted in a police officer using a Taser on the former Michigan State star.
McDowell was arrested in Michigan back in February following a traffic stop in which an officer witnessed his jeep speeding and spinning out on a snowy night. The officer asked McDowell to stay seated in his vehicle, but he refused and demanded to speak with a supervisor. The 23-year-old then continued to ignore orders and got out of the car and started to walk into a convenience store.
At that point, the officer grabbed McDowell and attempted to detain him, but McDowell continued to ignore orders. When the officer told him to lay on the ground on his stomach and put his hands behind his back, McDowell refused and instead sat down with his hands in front of him. The officer warned him several times that he was going to be tased, and eventually the weapon was used.
McDowell, who is 6-foot-6 and weighs 300 pounds, then began to tussle with the officer until backup arrived. TMZ obtained surveillance footage from the store and the police dash cam that showed most of the altercation.
The backup officer who helped subdue McDowell said in a police report that McDowell “grabbed for my gun as I was trying to grab his arm.” McDowell was charged with two counts of felony assaulting and resisting, one misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated and misdemeanor driving on a suspended license.
Former Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Malik McDowell is not going to give into his former team’s demands on his signing bonus.
McDowell is being sued by the Seahawks, who want him to pay back roughly $800,000 in bonus money after an ATV injury prevented him from playing for the team. McDowell, the No. 35 overall pick in 2017, was never cleared by Seattle’s doctors, but he claimed Saturday that he’d been cleared by an independent neurologist and he was released for reasons unrelated to his injury.
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This may not be a fight McDowell is poised to win, as an arbitrator ruled in Seattle’s favor in February. Given the stance McDowell is taking, he appears to be prepared to take the Seahawks on head-to-head over the issue.
Malik McDowell never played a snap for the Seattle Seahawks after he suffered an injury in an ATV accident not long after he was drafted back in 2017, and the team now wants its money back.
According to Matt Charboneau of The Detroit News, the Seahawks filed a lawsuit against McDowell this week seeking to have the former Michigan State star pay back $799,238. McDowell was never cleared by doctors after his ATV accident, and the Seahawks say he was in breach of his contract by suffering a non-football injury. An arbitrator ruled in February that McDowell must pay back $799,238 of his $1,599,238 signing bonus, and the Seahawks say he has not given the money back.
McDowell’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said back in March that the defensive tackle has been cleared by “experts.”
“His doctors believe he’s ready to go,” Rosenhaus said. “We’ve got experts that are saying he will be cleared. So hopefully he will be able to continue his career, possibly (in Dallas). He has been cleared independently. But the Seahawks tried their best to work with him and unfortunately they didn’t feel he could continue to play.”
In addition to the ATV accident, McDowell was also arrested for disorderly conduct back in 2017. The second-round pick had a ton of potential and is still just 22, but it remains to be seen if he will ever play in the NFL.
McDowell was the No. 35 overall pick last year out of Michigan State. He was in an ATV accident over the summer and missed the entire season due to injuries from that crash. As if that weren’t enough, he was then arrested for disorderly conduct in December.
Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Malik McDowell was arrested for disorderly conduct outside a nightclub in Atlanta over the weekend, and let’s just say he was not exactly as cooperative as he could have been with police.
“B—h I got money, that’s why I can talk s—,” McDowell told the officers. “One, two and three (pointing to officers) will never make as much money as I made in the last two months. You’ll be a broke b—h for the rest of your life.”
At one point, McDowell began screaming that the arresting officers were trying to plant evidence on him, which drew some laughter from the officer who was searching his pockets. He also demanded that he be allowed to take a breathalyzer exam, falsely claiming that he has to be intoxicated in order to be arrested for disorderly conduct.
According to the original report from TMZ, McDowell got into a verbal altercation inside the SL Lounge early Sunday morning over $600 he claimed the club owed him. He was eventually kicked out for pouring bottles of liquor out and complaining about the money.
McDowell, a second-round pick out of Michigan State, has not played this season after he sustained an injury in a car accident. It would be an understatement to say his rookie year has been one to forget.
Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Malik McDowell was arrested early Sunday morning for disorderly conduct.
According to an incident report obtained by TMZ Sports, McDowell got into a verbal altercation with security at an Atlanta club, with the defensive lineman claiming the club owed him $600. He was eventually allowed in the club but was ejected again, allegedly for pouring out bottles of liquor, while still complaining about the money.
When officers attempted to apprehend McDowell, he allegedly went on a profanity-laced tirade. The report claimed he yelled “F*** both of ya’ll hoe ass n*****, p**** ass cops, I bet I get out, I got more money than ya’ll, ya’ll ain’t got enough money for me, p**** ass crackers, broke ass n*****” at the two officers. One officer said she nearly had to use her taser and pepper spray.
McDowell was booked and released on bond. The rookie defensive lineman is currently injured after an offseason vehicle accident.