By Rob Gray
AMES — Iowa State starting defensive tackle David Irving faces a serious domestic abuse assault charge stemming from an incident Wednesday involving his girlfriend at his apartment.
Ames Police Sgt. Chris Crippen said officers were called to 1415 South Grand Ave., apt. 108, Wednesday afternoon for a welfare check for possible domestic assault.
The victim — who is identified as the live-in mother of Irving's child — alleged that during a dispute, Irving cut off a large portion of her hair with scissors and also punched her leg numerous times with a closed fist.
Officers observed several bruises on the victim's leg, along with a large scratch along the back of the leg.
The victim also had sustained a small cut on her hand that she said was caused by the scissors.
Irving, according to police, admitted to being involved in the argument, but denied cutting the woman's hair, or hitting her.
The incident occurred between 2-4 p.m. Wednesday.
Iowa State athletics spokesperson Mike Green said early Thursday afternoon the department was still gathering information on the situation, so Irving's status with the team remains uncertain.
Irving, a 6-7, 272-pound junior from San Jacinto, Calif., had started eight straight games before not playing in last Saturday's 21-17 loss to TCU.
Cyclone coach Paul Rhoads said Monday Irving's absence was because of a "health issue that is non-football related."
Irving compiled 16 tackles, three and a half tackles for loss, two sacks, a forced fumble, and two pass breakups through nine game this season for ISU (1-8).
We were called to 1415 South Grand Ave #108 for a welfare check regarding a possible domestic assault. We spoke with the victim who stated her boyfriend and the father of her child held her down earlier in the afternoon and cut a large portion of hair off. The victim also stated that the defendant punched her in the leg several times with a closed fist during the argument. The officers noticed several bruises on the victim's legs, and a large scratched area on the back side of her leg. The victim also had a small cut on the side of her hand that she said was caused by the scissors. The defendant admitted to getting into an argument with the victim, but denied cutting her hair. The victim and the defendant live together, and are parents of the same minor child.
The incident occurred Wednesday afternoon in Ames.
A phone message left by The Gazette with Ames Police Public Information Officer Geoff Huff was not immediately returned.
Irving, a 6-7, 272-pound junior from San Jacinto, Calif., did not play in last Saturday's 21-17 loss to TCU after starting eight straight games.
Cyclone coach Paul Rhoads said Monday Irving was facing a "health issue that is non-football related, and that's all the details that confidentiality will allow me to give you."
Irving compiled 16 tackles, three and a half tackles for loss, two sacks, a forced fumble and two pass breakups this season.