Last week two former Seahawks were involved in off-the-field legal issues. Frank Clark was charged from a March incident involving a weapons violation. Barkevious Mingo with a child sex offense accusation.
Fortunately for the Seahawks neither player has been a part of the organization for at least a couple of years and will not have to be involved in however drama these situations develop. Of course, both Clark’s and Mingo’s issues go beyond the football field and affect the lives of others and that is more concerning.
Frank Clark was drafted by the Seahawks in the second round of the 2015 NFL draft and played four seasons in Seattle before being traded to his current team the Kansas City Chiefs. Barkevious Mingo played one year in Seattle in 2018 and started 14 games.
Two former Seahawks charged with legal offenses
Clark was charged by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office for a weapon’s charge stemming from an arrest on March 13 after a traffic stop by the California Highway Patrol. During the stop, police found two loaded firearms. Clark and another man were in the vehicle at the time.
Clark is scheduled to be arraigned on July 14th and could face up to three years in prison if convicted. The defensive end was also in a vehicle in June during a stop where police found an Uzi in the car. The firearm may have belonged to Clark’s bodyguard and no charges have been brought against Clark yet from this incident.
While in college, Clark was arrested on a domestic violence suspension and later pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct on a lesser charge.
Mingo was arrested this past Thursday and charged with indecency with a child involving sexual contact. The incident is alleged to have happened on July 4th, 2019 in Arlington, Texas and involved Mingo and a teenage family member and a friend of the family member. The friend’s mother made a complaint to the police in January of this year.
Mingo turned himself in and has since been released after posting a $25,000 bond.
Mingo played for the Chicago Bears in 2020, the sixth different team Mingo has played for in his eight years in the NFL. This past March Mingo signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons. The Falcons have released a statement that they are keeping track of Mingo’s situation and gathering more information.