Coleman released on battery charge

Associated Press

TAMPA — Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive lineman Cosey Coleman was released from jail Tuesday after being charged with beating the mother of his 8-month-old son during an argument outside a day care center.

Coleman, 23, is charged with domestic battery, a misdemeanor. He turned himself in after the incident Monday. He was released Tuesday on his promise to appear in court, Tampa police spokeswoman Katie Hughes said.

The 6-foot-4, 322-pound Coleman, a starter at right guard, is accused of first slapping the woman as she leaned into his car at the day care center. He got out of his car and followed the woman to her own vehicle, reached in and slapped her again as he held the child in his arms, Hughes said.

At one point, police said, the woman drove away in Coleman’s vehicle and returned a short time later. When she returned, Coleman allegedly pushed, kicked and slapped her before pulling her out of the vehicle by her ankles.

“Basically, he did assault her numerous times,” Hughes said.

Coleman left when police were called. The child, who was taken inside the day care center during the incident, was not injured, Hughes said.

Coleman, who is in his third NFL season, was a second-round draft pick of the Bucs in 2000.

“I apologize for any embarrassment that I may have caused my teammates, my coaches, the Buccaneers organization and our fans,” Coleman said in a statement released by the team. “I will work to resolve this situation as quickly as possible.”

Coleman’s status for Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers was unclear.