Predators player Austin Watson arrested for domestic assault in Franklin

Photo: Franklin Police

Nashville Predators left wing Austin Watson was arrested in Franklin on June 16 on charges of domestic assault.

According to the arrest affidavit, a Franklin Police officer was flagged down by a witness for a possible domestic situation at the Shell Station at Murfreesboro Road and Edward Curd lane. The officer noticed a vehicle where the passenger was trying to back away from being shoved.

The officer says the woman stated "stop" and was trying to cover her face. The officer approached the driver -Watson- and he told the officer he and his girlfriend were arguing over her drinking and not being able to attend a wedding. Watson admitted to pushing the woman and police say they found red marks on her chest.

Watson was released on $4,500 bond.

FOX 17 News received a statement from the organization in response to the arrest.

"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."

AMEND is a YWCA program sponsored by the club. According to the YWCA website, "The AMEND Together initiative (formerly called MEND) is a primary prevention program dedicated to ending violence against women and girls by engaging and educating men and boys."

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