Ex-NFL Player Derrick Mason Indicted on Domestic Assault Charge

Former Tennessee Titans wide receiver was arrested in October after a woman he was dating said he attacked her

Derrick Mason

Former Tennessee Titans wide receiver Derrick Mason has been indicted on a misdemeanor domestic assault charge stemming from an incident in October.

Mason, who was a two-time Pro Bowler during his time in the NFL from 1997 to 2011, was handed a one-charge indictment by the Davidson County grand jury on Friday, the Tennessean reported.

According to court documents cited by the report, Mason, 44, attacked a woman who he had been dating in October 2017. She initially told police officers that he grabbed her by the neck, hit her in the stomach and slapped her, but later contradicted those statements in court during a preliminary hearing last December.

Mason was at first charge with felony aggravated assault involving strangulation but the charges were then reduced to a misdemeanor assault charge. He is currently out of jail on bond.

After being drafted by the Tennessee Oilers in the fourth round of the 1997 NFL draft, Mason remained with the team when they charged their name to the Tennessee Titans. He went on to play for the Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets and Houston Texans.

Mason recently co-hosted a Nashville sports talk radio show on 102.5 The Game but was placed on leave of absence following his arrest.

“We do not fully know what occurred in court this morning,” Bud Walters, president of the station’s parent company, The Cromwell Group, said in a statement to the Tennessean in December. “We are trying to learn more. Derrick has always maintained that he is completely innocent of the charges and we have no reason not to believe him.” He is still listed on the station’s website and social media channels.