Michael Boley — NFL Star Secretly Arrested for Child Abuse

Exclusive 0501-michael-boley-tmz-mugEx-New York Giants linebacker Michael Boley was quietly arrested for child abuse back in February … 3 days after he was cut by the team … our sources has learned.

Boley — a starting linebacker in Super Bowl XLVI — had been under investigation in Alabama for a 2011 incident involving his son, who was 5 years old at the time.

The details of the alleged abuse are unclear, although sources tell us the allegations were of a physical nature and NOT sexual abuse.

Here”s what we know … Boley”s case was scheduled to go in front of a grand jury in February 2013 … but before that got under way, the 30-year-old NFL star struck a plea deal with prosecutors.

Court officials in Etowah County, AL tell our sources … Boley pled guilty to child abuse — and in exchange, he was ordered to enroll in a pre-trial diversion program and upon completion the charge would be dropped.

Boley was also required to turn himself into authorities. He was booked on February 8, smiled for a mug shot and was released from custody later that day.


Seems the NY Giants were hip to Boley”s legal issues … “cause he was unexpectedly cut by the team on February 5 … 3 days before Boley turned himself in to authorities. Boley is currently a free agent, on the hunt for a job.

A rep for Boley had no comment — but sources connected to the NFL star tell us Boley plans to comply with the terms of the plea deal.