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Former Cowboys LB Damien Wilson arrested in Frisco, police say

Wilson faces a charge of assault with bodily injury of a family member, but his attorney has disputed the allegations on his behalf.

FRISCO, Texas — Former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Damien Wilson was arrested on April 16 in Frisco on an assault charge, police and Wilson's attorney confirmed to WFAA on Tuesday.

Wilson faces a charge of assault with bodily injury of a family member, but his attorney has disputed the allegations on his behalf. 

“Damien Wilson did not commit any type of assault,” attorney Toby Shook said. “We look forward to all the facts coming out so his name can be cleared.”

Police said they responded at approximately 3:36 a.m. on April 16 to a domestic disturbance call.

In arrest records obtained by WFAA on Wednesday, Wilson's girlfriend, Ryan Sokolosky, told police that Wilson choked her friend, broke her MacBook and injured her during the incident.

Wilson and Sokolosky began dating in March 2020 but eventually broke up, and they got back together in February 2022, the records said. Sokolosky said Wilson gave her a key to his house when they started dating again in February.

According to police interviews with both Wilson and Sokolosky, the assault stemmed from a domestic issue from April 15. Sokolosky accused Wilson of cheating after she said she saw him with another woman at a nightclub. Wilson and Sokolosky both told police another woman's belongings were found in the bathroom of Wilson's apartment. Sokolosky admitted to throwing the belongings in the pool.

Wilson told police he contacted police earlier in the day to report his house had been broken into. Police concluded in the arrest record that no burglary had occurred after finding out Sokolosky had keys and access to the home. 

Wilson also told police he went to Sokolosky's apartment to confront her, according to the arrest record.

Wilson and Sokolosky gave police differing versions of the confrontation that occurred, police said. Wilson told police he took Sokolosky's keys from her friend's hands and said there was no additional physical altercation and that he left in his pickup truck immediately afterwards. 

Sokolosky's account corroborated those details given to police by Wilson, but added that he choked her friend during the confrontation. Sokolosky was also pushed by Wilson, causing her to break her nails, she said, according to the arrest report.

Wilson left in his red Nissan pickup and was pulled over by police responding to Sokolosky's call. After interviewing Wilson, the officer who stopped Wilson was given the information from the other officer who interviewed Sokolosky. The officer's determined Wilson was the "primary aggressor" and arrested him, the records said.

Wilson was drafted by Dallas in the fourth round in the 2015 NFL Draft and spent four seasons playing for the Cowboys. After brief stints in Kansas City and Jacksonville, Wilson signed with the Carolina Panthers in March. 

The Panthers in a statement to WCNC in Charlotte confirmed Wilson's arrest but declined to comment further.

Wilson was released after posting $5,000 bond, the arrest record said.

This is not the first time Wilson has been arrested in Frisco. 

In 2017, when he was playing for the Cowboys, he was arrested for two counts aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in Frisco. Police said Wilson "intentionally backed his truck into a female while parking, then brandished a rifle at another man." 

According to an affidavit, Wilson told the officer, "I had rage," when asked why he took a gun out of his truck.

Wilson was initially booked into the Frisco jail but posted $10,000 bond for each count and was released after the 2017 incident. A grand jury later declined to indict Wilson.

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