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NFLer's domestic violence charges include cruelty to children.

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An NFLer has been charged today with serious crimes, including crimes against children.

Atlanta Falcons' defensive lineman Ra'Shede Hageman was charged in a domestic-violence incident stemming from an incident in March, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The Falcons' 2014 second-round draft pick was charged with battery family violence, interfering with a call for emergency help, and a third-degree charge of cruelty to children. He has since been released, according to the DeKalb County court system.

Hageman was inactive for the Falcons' first game of the year Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. According to Ledbetter, the NFL has been in contact with the team about this incident, which may explain why Hageman was not playing on Sunday. The team has known about the incident for months, so it's not surprising to see him benched in Week 1. His scratch was attributed to the team’s plan to play a lot of nickel against Tampa, and they felt Courtney Upshaw was a better fit for the game plan.

Hageman will likely be yet another in a long list of NFL players who have been been involved with domestic violence situations with little to no repercussions from the league or their respective teams.
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