Updated Aug. 23, 2018 11:19:25The Browns’ first-round pick from the 2018 draft has been indicted on four felony counts of aggravated assault and three misdemeanors of resisting arrest.
The indictment is a first in the Cleveland police department’s investigation of the case.
It was unsealed Friday afternoon and is the first criminal charge brought against a second-round NFL draft pick since the start of this year.
It’s not the first time the Browns have charged a second round pick in a case involving domestic violence.
The team suspended the third-round selection of 2017 defensive tackle DaQuan Jones last week after he allegedly threatened his wife.
The Browns are also under investigation for using a public Facebook post to falsely portray the woman, who was a former girlfriend of the team’s defensive lineman, as an abuser, according to a police report.
The case against Craven, who is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday, has raised concerns among Cleveland players, coaches and front-office officials about the NFL’s response to domestic violence issues in the league.
Craven is charged with four felony charges, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and harassment.
The NFL suspended the defensive tackle for four games, and the team also suspended Jones, who also has a domestic violence charge.
Craves attorney, Michael G. Schreiber, said his client is not a victim and he believes he was assaulted.
He said he is innocent of any wrongdoing.
Cravers attorney, Mark Berman, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.
Craven was arrested at his Cleveland home on Oct. 5.
He was accused of stabbing his girlfriend in the neck and then breaking into her home and beating her.
Craving was later arrested and charged with aggravated assault.
He’s being held without bond at the Cleveland County Jail.
Craves attorney Mark Berman says his client did not have any physical contact with the woman and she was never a threat.
He also says his clients past arrests for domestic violence were for “violations of the law.”
The Cleveland Police Department did not release any further information about the case, including the motive for the attack.
In a Facebook post on Thursday, Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said the investigation is ongoing.
The charge against Craves comes at a time when the Browns are trying to move forward with their plans to re-sign defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin.
Rubin was waived by the Browns in May, two months after he was arrested on a misdemeanor domestic violence count and then charged with felony battery after an altercation with a woman.
Rubin is scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday.