COLUMBIA – Jarriel King, a former North Charleston High School and University of South Carolina lineman, was arrested last month and charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to an arrest report released Monday by North Charleston police.
King, a rookie offensive tackle last season for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, was arrested Feb. 26 (a day before his 25th birthday) after he and Arthur Lee Denson-Holmes, 26, allegedly forced sex on a 25-year-old woman at King’s apartment on Lake Palmetto Lane.
The Seahawks responded immediately by releasing King from their 80-man roster.
The victim told police that she and the two men drank alcohol and smoked marijuana at the apartment before going to a club, along with the victim’s friends, around midnight. About an hour later, they returned to King’s apartment and resumed drinking.
King offered the victim a place to sleep for the night. The victim’s friend left, leaving the victim alone with King and Denson-Holmes. Then, the report states, “The victim says she drank some of a new drink, at which time she stated she began to feel very ‘lifeless.’”
The victim lay down, then felt someone rubbing on her body, she told police. King forced her to have sexual intercourse with him while she told him to stop the entire time, according to the report. Denson-Holmes then entered the room and forced the victim into sexual intercourse, the report states.
The victim told police she tried to push off Denson-Holmes and continually told him to stop. According to the report, the victim is 5-6 and 135 pounds, while King is listed at 6-7 and 270 pounds and Denson-Holmes at 6-1 and 230 pounds. King’s official NFL bio lists him at 6-5 and 317 pounds.
After the alleged assault, the victim passed out and did not wake up for several hours, according to the report. Around 8:30 a.m., she woke up, got dressed, went downstairs and found Denson-Holmes awake. He gave her a ride home in King’s vehicle. After speaking to a friend, the victim called police and reported the incident.
This is not King’s first brush with law. He was arrested twice while at North Charleston High and convicted of criminal trespassing. His grades weren’t good enough for him to enroll at USC out of high school in 2005, so he attended Georgia Military College in 2006 after sitting out the 2005 season. He was kicked out of Georgia Military College after being accused of stealing from classmates. He arrived at USC for the 2008 season and started 11 games at left tackle.
King played three seasons at USC and went undrafted in 2011. He signed with the New York Giants, was cut in September, then got picked up by the Seahawks. He was on the active roster all season with Seattle, while being slowed by an ankle injury. He participated in just one game and played mostly on special teams.
Before the draft last year, King insisted he had put his behavior problems behind him.
“Straight up, I had issues before,” he said. “I did this, I did that. I was immature. I thought I could get away with certain things. Not since I’ve been (at USC), but in my past. You look at me now, and there’s none of that stuff. I’m not trying to BS my way through the game anymore. I’m just really trying to get it.”