Adrian Wilson allegedly strangled wife before arrest for domestic violence

Disturbing new details have emerged about the domestic incident that led to the June 1 arrest of former NFL star and executive Adrian Wilson.

Scottsdale Police Department documents obtained by TMZ on Wednesday painted a picture that Wilson allegedly threatened to kill himself after breaking items in his home following a heated argument with his wife while the couple's children were at their Arizona home.

Police said in the report that Wilson's wife, Alicia, alleged the situation began when she discovered he was having an affair and the former Cardinals defensive back found legal separation papers that she began filling out and left at the guest house where Wilson was staying.

Adrian Wilson was arrested after the alleged domestic violence incident. Scottsdale Police photo

Wilson, 44, then allegedly confronted her in her bedroom, where the situation escalated, according to documents seen by TMZ.

Alicia claimed Wilson threw and broke several objects and that the former NFL safety put his hands on her – choking her at one point – and called her a “liar,” “bitch” and “whore” during the confrontation.

Wilson's wife said she was frightened when Wilson took a handgun from a safe.

The report states that she told Wilson that their children were in the home, but that did not deter him and he told her: “F–k those kids.”

Alicia ran away from the house and Wilson eventually left the residence as well, when he began calling people to tell them he was planning to commit suicide.

Former Cardinals player Adrian Wilson takes the field before a game against the Buccaneers in 2022. Getty Images

He was taken into custody by local police after returning to the Scottsdale home and, after speaking with authorities, admitted to destroying items in the bedroom.

He also admitted to recovering the firearm from the safe.

Wilson denied having physical contact with his wife during the altercation, according to TMZ.

He was charged with intentional assault causing physical injury, property damage valued between $250 and $2,000 and disorderly conduct – disruptive behavior or fighting – all misdemeanors.

Former Cardinals player Adrian Wilson takes the field during a game against the Falcons in 2019. AP

His next court appearance is set for July 16, when he will participate in a virtual case management conference.

Wilson played 12 years in the NFL for the Cardinals, and after taking on a scouting role with Arizona in 2015, he landed the job of vice president of player personnel for the Panthers in 2023.

Wilson left that position and the Panthers confirmed in a statement that he “will not continue in that role,” though they did not specify whether the decision had anything to do with the June 1 domestic incident.

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