Mickey Joseph put his hands around a woman’s throat, pulled her hair and punched her, according to an affidavit filed by police Thursday.
Joseph, Nebraska’s interim head coach for nine games this year, was arrested Wednesday on charges of strangulation and third-degree domestic battery, police said.
The woman said she and Joseph were having an argument when Joseph pushed her onto a sofa. That’s when Joseph put his hands around her throat, the woman said.
“He pushed me on the couch and strangled me,” he said, according to the affidavit, adding that he couldn’t breathe until he was pushed.
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Joseph also allegedly grabbed her hair and pulled her back as she entered the kitchen, and police said she had visible redness and swelling around her left eye. Several strands of hair, which he says were his, were found in her pants. The woman also said that Joseph tried to flush her phone down the toilet; he was in the rice when the police arrived.
The Cornhuskers hired Matt Rhule to be their head coach; when Joseph was given the interim job after Scott Frost was fired, they restructured his contract so he could return to his original role as associate head coach; he has not exercised or rejected that option. even. He is, however, on administrative leave. He is under contract through 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 and he appeared in court via video from the Lancaster County Jail. His next court appearance is scheduled for January 30 and he has been ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim.
joseph was stopped after officers responded to a domestic disturbance around 2 p.m. local time, the Lincoln Police Department said in a statement on social media.
After officers wrapped up their investigation, police said he was arrested on the charges.
MICKEY JOSEPH, NEBRASKA INTERIM COACH BEFORE HIRING MATT RHULE, ARRESTED IN INTERNAL CASE
“I have been made aware of the charges against Coach Joseph and, given the nature of the charges and in accordance with University policy, he has been placed on administrative leave.” Nebraska Athletic Director Trev Alberts he said on Wednesday. “We will have no additional comment at this time.”
The 54-year-old was originally hired by the school as the wide receivers coach, associate head coach and passing game coordinator, but was named the interim head coach on Sept. 11 after Frost’s firing.
Joseph was the Cornhuskers’ quarterback for 32 games from 1988-1991, but struggled on the stat sheet and was unable to stay healthy for most of his tenure at the school.
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Nebraska went 3-6 while Joseph was the head coach.
Associated Press contributed to this report.