Former Patriots DL Frank Kearse Reportedly Stabbed In Domestic Dispute With Girlfriend

BOSTON (CBS) — Former New England defensive lineman Frank Kearse, who was released by the team last week, reportedly suffered a minor wound after he was stabbed during an argument with his girlfriend.

The incident occurred on Wednesday during an argument between Kearse and his girlfriend, Dominique Hooper, at their apartment in Mansfield, according to The Sun Chronicle. The 27-year-old Kearse was treated at a hospital in Attleboro and then at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence for a knife wound to his upper abdomen, when authorities were brought in to investigate.

From The Sun Chronicle:

Kearse told hospital officials he was in the process of moving and suffered the injury while moving a cardboard box containing knives. One of the knives punctured the box and his abdomen, according to the report.

Detectives responded to the couple’s apartment where Hooper told them a version of the same explanation. Neighbors told police they heard a loud argument from inside the couple’s apartment.

When investigators expressed doubt about the explanation for Kearse’s injury, Hooper allegedly began to cry and admitted to brandishing a knife during an argument about moving and other issues, according to the report.

She allegedly told police Kearse raised a cardboard box to defend himself when he was injured by the knife during the incident, according to the report.

Police said while at the apartment they found a kitchen knife with what appeared to be dried blood on it on a kitchen counter next to a block of knives.

Hooper pleaded not guilty to assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon and domestic assault and battery charges, and was freed on $1,000 cash bail.

Kearse, who was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the seventh round of the 2011 draft, has also played for the Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins during his career. He was signed by New England in March but was released last week.

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