Notre Dame football: Former player arrested in NY on assault charge

Associated Press
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NEW YORK (AP) — A former Notre Dame and NFL player has been arrested on a charge he hit his wife and shoved her from a moving car in New York City.

Former New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive tackle Luke Petitgout (PEHT'-ah-goo) reported to a Manhattan police precinct Tuesday in connection with the Friday incident.

Police say he struck his wife with her pocketbook and then tossed her from the car.

His wife took a taxi to a police station and filed a report. He was arrested on an assault charge.

Petitgout is in police custody awaiting arraignment and can't be reached for comment. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.

Petitgout played college football as an offensive tackle for the Fighting Irish and was a first-round pick in the 1999 NFL Draft, chosen 19th overall by the Giants. He spent eight seasons with the Giants and one season with the Buccaneers, who released him in 2008.

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Luke Petitgout in his final season with the New York Giants in 2006. (Photo courtesy of alexa627, Flickr.com)