Xavien Howard arrested for domestic violence causing Dolphins’ turmoil

Just as the Miami Dolphins were about to head into the offseason on a high note with yesterday’s victory over the New England Patriots, star cornerback Xavien Howard was arrested for domestic battery by Davie police on Sunday night. This was first reported by ESPN Dolphins writer Cameron Wolfe, who later added that Howard remains in Broward County jail. 

This situation has been repeated for the Dolphins this season. After running back Mark Walton was arrested by Davie police a few weeks ago, he was swiftly cut by the team. Situations are always fluid, but as Phinsiders writer Josh Houtz stated in a tweet this morning, “there’s never an excuse for putting your hands on a woman.” 

Houtz brings up a predicament for the team. Coach Flo and general manager Chris Grier have a no-tolerance policy. Will this bend for one of the best corners in the game? Or will the team act swiftly once an investigation is complete? Miami Herald reporter Barry Jackson added more light on what happened last night with two tweets this morning. 

The Dolphins issued a vague statement: “We are aware of the situation and currently gathering information. We will have no further comment at this time.” 

If, and this is big because we’ve seen it before, the reports are indeed true, then there is no doubt Howard will face a suspension next season. Honestly, I don’t expect Howard to be traded or cut this offseason barring a crazy turn of events. 

Howard became one of the now 128 arrests on domestic abuse charges since 2000 on USA Today’s database. If the team does decide to either trade or release Howard, it will suffer a cap hit of $17.5 million. More information will be released as the situation continues to unfold.

Kai’Chien Chisholm is currently studying broadcast media and wants to become sports broadcaster. He currently works for the ProFootballNetwork and is the Podcast Network Director for the site while running his own podcast.