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).
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.