Predators' Austin Watson Charged With Domestic Assault

Posted at 7:11 AM, Jun 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-20 12:18:55-04

Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson was arrested over the weekend on a domestic assault charge in Franklin. 

Franklin Police officials confirmed the 26-year-old was arrested at 7:20 p.m. Saturday on Murfreesboro Road. 

According to an affidavit, a witness flagged down an officer at a Shell gas station due to a possible domestic situation. An officer noticed a vehicle passenger who was trying to "back away from being shoved away" and was trying to cover her face. 

When approached, Watson reportedly told the officer that he and his girlfriend had an argument about her drinking and not being able to attend a wedding. 

Watson allegedly admitted to pushing her. Police said she had red marks on her chest and she told the officer that Watson "inflicted marks on her."  

A witness also confirmed the initial incident, police added. 

Watson was released on a $4,500 bond. He's due in court on June 28.  

The Predators released the following statement: 

"We are aware of the incident involving Austin Watson on Saturday night.  We are still gathering facts and it is not appropriate for us to comment further at this time, but this is a matter that we are taking very seriously and will cooperate fully with the investigation by law enforcement. The Nashville Predators have and will continue to stand side by side with AMEND in the fight to end violence against women."

Watson was featured in a video by the YWCA for their "Unsilence the Violence" campaign to end violence against women. The YWCA released the following statement Wednesday:

"The YWCA has a strong relationship with the Nashville Predators who have been great supporters in our efforts to reduce violence against women and children. We trust that they are handling the allegations against Mr. Watson in a manner that is respectful both to him and his family, as well as the potential victim."