|David Boston standing next to former Chargers RB LaDainian Tomlinson in July 2003. (Getty Images)|
Posted by Ryan Wilson
When we hear the name David Boston, these images immediately come to mind. Not exactly your run-of-the-mill NFL wide receiver. The former Cardinals first-round pick who played for four different teams has been accused of beating a woman in Boca Raton, Florida following a night of drinking Tuesday, WPBF Channel 25 reports.
According to a Boca Raton police report obtained by Channel 25, Boston punched the woman twice in the head, leaving a gash big enough to require 10 stitches after the incident.
More details via WPBF (by way of the Sun-Sentinel.com):
According to the station, a woman who lived in the home where the alleged beating took place told police she got nervous after watching Boston, 33, drink a bottle of vodka and a bottle of wine, and take some pills. At some point, that woman told her friend, the one who was allegedly beaten, that it would be OK for her to come over to hang out with her and Boston, the report said.Boston has been charged with aggravated battery.
It's not known what caused the alleged attack or what Boston's relationship with the alleged victim is, WPBF reported. The woman who lived in the home told police that she and Boston have been "strictly friends" for several years, adding that he had been staying with her for six weeks but was planning to move out and live in a nearby hotel. When he was warned after the alleged beating that they were going to call the police, he ran off, the report said.
During his eight-year NFL career, Boston had 315 receptions for 4,699 yards and 25 touchdowns. He was profiled in an ESPN The Magazine story in 2003 that hinted at what most people already suspected: he was using steroids.
"Look, even his face is growing," an unnamed player told ESPN's Tom Friend for the story. "'He's bloated. His cheekbones have changed.' Guys around the league just don't see how his weight could jump from 209 to 257 in three years. Or how he can have 21-inch biceps, a 34-inch waist and 5.5% body fat. Or how he can run the 40 in 4.3 seconds. Or how the sorry Cardinals could let such a physical specimen walk. Or how 30 other teams could let the Chargers scoop him up as a free agent for only 47 mil."
Turns out, those 30 other teams were onto something. Prior to the 2004 season, Boston, then with the Dolphins, tested positive for steroids and was forced to serve a four-game suspension. He later tore ligaments in his knee and missed the season. A year later, Boston played in five games before injuring his knee again.
His professional career ended with a brief stint in the CFL in 2008.
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