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On the field, Malik McDowell rose through the ranks fighting through blocks. Off the field, he apparently fights through Tasers.
The 6-foot-6, 300-pound defensive lineman was pulled over in Lathrup Village, Michigan, in February after a police officer noticed McDowell’s Jeep speeding and spinning out on the road, and it culminated in a fight during which McDowell was tased, only to rip out the darts and attack the officer.
After pulling McDowell over, the officer ordered McDowell, a second-round draft pick by the Seahawks in 2017, to remain seated in his car. But the 23-year-old disobeyed, demanding to speak to a supervisor, according to video obtained by TMZ, which reports that McDowell’s BAC was .189, more than twice the legal limit.
The altercation took a violent turn when McDowell decided to leave his vehicle and enter a gas station convenience store. The officer grabbed McDowell and a fight ensued, knocking over food shelves in the process.
After McDowell refused to get on his stomach, the officer tased him, to no avail. McDowell subsequently pulled out the darts and continued to attack the officer until backup officers arrived and took him into custody.
One of the officers claimed in the police report that McDowell “grabbed for my gun as I was trying to grab his arm.”
McDowell eventually was charged with two counts of felony assaulting and resisting, one misdemeanor count of operating while intoxicated and misdemeanor driving on a suspended license, and is due back in court later this month.
The arresting officer suffered minor injuries, including scratches on his hand.
McDowell has never played in an NFL regular-season game. He was waived in 2018 and left on Seattle’s non-football injury list after an ATV accident and is currently a free agent, having officially been released in March.