Running back Mark Walton‘s charge of aggravated battery of a pregnant woman has been dropped by the state of Florida, lawyer Micahel Gottlieb tells NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. However, the free agent is not out of the woods with the NFL. The league’s public relations department tells RapSheet that “the matter remains under review.”
Per league rules, players can still be suspended, fined or otherwise penalized for off-field matters, even when the legal system declines to pursue them in court. Currently without a team, Walton will likely have to wait for the NFL to render its verdict before receiving any offers. Even if he somehow avoids suspension, he’ll have a hard time finding work.
In November, Walton was arrested after allegedly punching a woman even though he knew she was pregnant with his child. This wasn’t Walton’s first run-in with the law, either. Earlier in 2019, he was arrested three times inside of just a few months. Then, this past February, Walton was cuffed following a verbal argument with that same woman. There was no physical contact, but the encounter violated the restraining order that was placed on him.
The Dolphins cut Walton after his November arrest. Up until that point, the 23-year-old was averaging 3.8 yards per carry on the year and scored three receiving touchdowns.