In May 2010, Broward dispatchers received a call from a terrified woman cowering in a bathroom. She was pregnant, she said, and her much larger fiancé had just hit her in the face. "Please help," the woman begged.
Ex-Dolphins lineman Phillip Merling received lenient treatment from cops after beating his pregnant fiancée, a new report alleges.
Police showed up and arrested her alleged abuser. But because the woman's fiancé was none other than Miami Dolphins defensive end Phillip Merling, the case soon went well outside the normal track for a domestic violence incident.
In fact, according to a New York Times investigation, the team pressured police to treat Merling leniently. Neither the NFL nor the Dolphins did anything to punish the hulking lineman. And Merling's ex tells the Times that the harassment only got worse and has lasted all the way through this year.More »