Mickey Joseph put his hands around a woman’s throat, pulled her hair and punched her, according to a police affidavit filed Thursday.
Joseph, Nebraska’s interim head coach for nine games this year, was arrested on Wednesday for strangulation and third-degree domestic assault, police said.
The woman said she and Joseph were arguing when Joseph pushed her, causing her to fall onto a couch. That’s when Joseph put his hands around her throat, the woman claimed.
“He pushed me onto the couch and choked me,” she said, according to the affidavit, adding that she was unable to breathe until she pushed him away.
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Joseph also allegedly grabbed her hair and pulled her back when she entered the kitchen, and police said she had visible redness and swelling around her left eye. Several locks of hair – which she said were hers – were found on her pants. The woman also said Joseph tried to flush his phone down the toilet – it was in rice when the police arrived.
The Cornhuskers hired Matt Rhule to be their head coach – when Joseph got the interim job after firing Scott Frost, they restructured his contract, so he could return to his original role as coach – associate chief – he has not exercised or declined this option yet. However, he is on administrative leave. He is under contract until December 31, 2023 with a salary of $600,000, but his contract could be terminated if he is fired for cause.
Joseph’s bail was set at $200,000, appearing in court via video from Lancaster County Jail. His next court appearance is scheduled for January 30 and he has been ordered not to have contact with the alleged victim.
Joseph was taken into custody after officers responded to a domestic disturbance around 2 p.m. local time, the Lincoln Police Department said in a social media statement.
After officers concluded their investigation, police said he was arrested on the charges.
MICKEY JOSEPH, NEBRASKA’S INTERIM COACH BEFORE HIRING MATT RHULE, ARRESTED IN DOMESTIC MATTER
“I have been made aware of the charges against Coach Joseph and given the nature of the allegations and based on University policy, he has been placed on administrative leave,” Trev Alberts, Nebraska athletic director said Wednesday. “We will have no further comment at this time.”
The 54-year-old was originally hired by the school as wide receivers coach, associate head coach and passing games coordinator, but was named interim head coach on September 11 after dismissal of Frost.
Joseph quarterbacked for the Cornhuskers for 32 games between 1988 and 1991, but he struggled on the stat sheet and couldn’t stay healthy for most of his tenure at school.
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Nebraska went 3-6 while Joseph was the head coach.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.