Ex-Tenn. Tech Football Player Accused Of Fracturing Woman's Skull

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A former Tennessee Tech and Rutgers University football player has been charged with attempted criminal homicide after allegedly fracturing a woman’s skull on the pedestrian bridge in Nashville. 

According to an affidavit from Metro Nashville Police, Nadir Barnwell told officers that the victim was intoxicated and that she fell while he was trying to carry her. 

However, police said video surveillance in the area showed Barnwell pacing back and forth around the victim while she was sitting down.

“It appears that his shirt is off and he looks agitated,” the police report said.

At some point, he’s seen rushing towards her and allegedly picks her up, before grabbing her throat and shaking her head, investigators said.  

Barnwell is accused of then letting her go, causing her to fall and hit her head on the ground. Police said he then makes a call and tries to get her to wake up. 

Police said the victim suffered a skull fracture and possibly a broken arm. She later underwent surgery to stop “significant bleeding” on the brain. 

During an interview with police, Barnwell said he doesn’t remember the incident. Blood was found at the scene and will be processed.  

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