Steelers Players React to Anthony Chickillo Arrest

Chickillo was arrested after domestic incident Sunday

Josh Rowntree
October 21, 2019 - 2:51 pm

As expected, Steelers players are going to let the process play out with teammate Anthony Chickillo. 

Chickillo, an outside linebacker, was arrested in Fayette County for an incident involving him and his girlfriend at Nemacolin Woodland Resort on Sunday, leading to him being charged with simple assault, criminal mischief, and harassment. 

“Just praying for him,” safety Terrell Edmunds said following Monday’s practice, which Chickillo was not in attendance for. “We’re just out here trying to get better, keep on working. It was a good day of practice today, so we’re just trying to develop.”

The Steelers gave the fifth-year outside linebacker a two-year, $8 million contract this offseason. The deal will result in a cap hit over over $6 million in the 2020 season. Chickillo has missed the majority of the season with a foot injury. He did play in Sunday’s 24-17 over the Chargers, record three tackles and a half-sack.

According to the police report, Chickillo and his girlfriend, a Canadian Olympic athlete, got into a disagreement at a casino that continued in their hotel room. 

“Honestly I really haven’t had a chance to process it,” defensive end and team captain Cam Heyward said. “I’m just letting everything unfold and looking at it from an outside perspective.”

"I'm going to let coach handle that,” quarterback Mason Rudolph added. “Anthony is a great friend of mine, great dude. We're going to respect — Obviously I want him back, because he's a great friend. But I'm going to let coach handle that, logistically."

Police say there were visible injuries to the arms of Chickillo’s girlfriend, a result of him allegedly pushing her into a wall, according to what she told police. Chickillo was released from jail Sunday on $10,000 bond.

The incident came right at the end of Pittsburgh’s bye week. While the season, which currently has a 2-4 record attached to it, may not be going according to plan, the off-the-field issues have been minimized.  

The Steelers allow players to leave the region during the bye week. Some go home, others go on vacation. The hope is that issues don’t arise when players are being taken out of their routine.

“We talked about staying out of it and not being involved in it,” Heyward said. “But it is what it is.”

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