Ex-NFL Star Adrian Wilson Threatened Suicide in Dispute with Wife

Ex-NFL Star Adrian Wilson Threatened Suicide in Dispute with Wife

Former NFL safety-turned-exec’ Adrian Wilson reportedly told Arizona police that he threatened to kill himself amid a dispute with his wife over suspicions that he was having an affair. 

According to a Scottsdale Police Department incident report obtained by TMZ this week, Wilson’s family members accused the former Arizona Cardinals star of losing control of his emotions at around 5 am on June 1 at their Scottsdale residence. 

Police said Wilson’s wife, Alicia, told them that everything got out of hand after she found out that he was seeing another woman. She stated that she got all of the legal separation paperwork in order and left it in the guest house where the five-time Pro Bowler was staying in. 

Officers then state in their report that Alicia told them that Wilson, 44, confronted her in the bedroom after he found the papers and ‘just lost it from there.’ 

She claimed Wilson threw a lamp and an incense holder among other items that also broke after being in his possession. She said Wilson then became violent, allegedly laying both hands on his wife before choking her, at one point. 

The former safety lost his job as the Panthers' Vice President of Player Personnel in the weeks after the incident

Adrian Wilson, formerly of the Cardinals, attempted to take his life after a dispute with his wife 

Wilson posing with his wife, Alicia (R), daughter Aubrey (L), son Santana (C), & son Brooklyn (L)

Wilson posing with his wife, Alicia (R), daughter Aubrey (L), son Santana (C), & son Brooklyn (L)

Alicia further revealed that Wilson called her a ‘liar,’ ‘bitch’ and ‘whore’ amid the dispute. 

Police also stated in their report that Alicia told them Wilson eventually got a hold of a handgun from a safe, leading her to be afraid of him. She said she reminded her husband of the presence of their children in the household, but he replied: ‘F*** those kids.’

Police said Alicia told them she was unable to leave the home and get away from Wilson.

According to the report, Adrian left the residence, at one point, and called multiple people close to him to let them know of his plan to kill himself. 

However, moments later, he returned to the residence, where police officers were able to convince him to come out. He was placed into custody and later told police that he did grab a gun from a safe but left the home almost immediately after. Adrian also owned up to breaking things in Alicia’s bedroom after discovering separation papers.

According to a police report, Wilson said 'f*** them kids' while holding a gun in front of his wife

According to a police report, Wilson said ‘f*** them kids’ while holding a gun in front of his wife

After the incident, Wilson told local authorities in Scottsdale that he recently felt depressed

After the incident, Wilson told local authorities in Scottsdale that he recently felt depressed

‘My mind just got super screwy at that point,’ police officers reported of what Wilson told them. ‘So I proceeded to leave the house.’ 

Authorities said that Wilson admitted to telling his mother of his ploy to kill himself while out of the home. The former football player also told police officers that he recently felt depressed after being far away from his family while working on the Carolina Panthers as the team’s Vice President of Player Personnel. 

Wilson was ultimately taken into custody and charged with assault, property damage and disorderly conduct. In the weeks following his arrest, the Panthers and Wilson parted ways although it’s unclear if the incident played a role in his departure. 

Wilson starred for the Cardinals for over a decade from 2001 to 2012. In 2015, after retiring, he joined the team’s front office. He left Arizona for the Panthers in 2023. 

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