Assault charges against Redskins’ Montae Nicholson dropped

Misdemeanor assault charges against Washington Redskins safety Montae Nicholson were dropped in Loudoun County Circuit Court on Tuesday morning. His lawyer Mark Dycio said they were dropped due to a lack of evidence.

Nicholson, 23, was arrested after an altercation with a man and woman outside the World of Beer restaurant and bar in Ashburn, at a shopping center near the Redskins’ practice facility. Nicholson was accused of assaulting the man, and Sydney A. Maggiore, who was arrested with Nicholson, was accused of striking the woman with a bottle, in addition to assaulting the man.

The victims were taken to a hospital for treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries, but neither testified Tuesday. The misdemeanor assault charge carried a sentence of up to 12 months in jail.

An accompanying misdemeanor public swearing/intoxication charge against Nicholson will not be pursued at this time, according to the court.

A video published by TMZ appeared to showed a person said to be Nicholson punching a man and knocking him unconscious. The video did not show what led up to the altercation.

Nicholson did not speak as the judge dropped the charges quickly after the case was called.

The Redskins placed Nicholson on the non-football illness list shortly after the arrest and he did not play in the final two games of the 2018 season, after previously starting seven games. The 2017 fourth-round pick out of Michigan State has 65 career tackles and three interceptions.

Coach Jay Gruden and senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams had previously said they were waiting to see how the case would play out before determining Nicholson’s future with the team, or any disciplinary action. The team declined to comment on the charges being dropped.

Nicholson could return to the starting lineup this season, as Washington has an opening at the safety spot next to Landon Collins, who was signed to an $84 million contract in free agency. Deshazor Everett is Nicholson’s biggest competition for the role, after Ha Ha Clinton-Dix signed with the Chicago Bears this offseason.

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