Damien Wilson Arrested for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon

By Darreck Kirby
Project Shanks Creative Director

The six weeks between the end of minicamp and the beginning of training camp are some of the most nerve-racking for teams. During this time, the players are out of their reach and influence and headlines like this appear somewhat prevalent.

Damien Wilson was arrested Tuesday night in Frisco on two charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. At this time, little more is known. And, while a “deadly weapon” could mean any number of things, it’s not a good look for a team that prides itself on “drafting the right kind of guys.”

Damien Wilson is a third-year linebacker who has played every game of the past two seasons for Dallas and made 6 starts during the 2016 campaign. In that time, he recorded 49 tackles and half a sack. Unfortunately, Wilson is no stranger to making pre-training camp headlines as last season he was reportedly shot in the eye with a paintball and nearly required surgery.

Instead, he was able to come back after a short training camp absence and solidify a role for himself on the team. Only time will tell if he’s given the chance to do so again, however, as it seems the Cowboys themselves were unaware of this story until it broke Wednesday morning.

We will update this story as more information is made public.


UPDATE: 105.3 The Fan in Dallas is reporting that the incident was the result of a dispute over a parking space for the fireworks show in Frisco. Wilson was backing into a parking space occupied by tailgaters and apparently made contact with one or more of the individuals. He then brandished a weapon to disperse the tailgaters.

Aggravated assault with a deadly weapon is a 2nd degree felony and the two counts could carry a prison sentence between 2 and 20 years if convicted.

Project Shanks will continue to follow this story.

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