Over the past few years the Washington Football Team has undergone significant turmoil, from the front office to the player ranks.
Additionally, tragedy has stricken the loved ones of some of the player personnel. However, a silver lining might be visible now for team standout Montez Sweat.
Henrico County police arrested Shon Bloomfield in connection to the death of Anthony Sweat, the brother of WFT player Montez Sweat. https://t.co/Rr9ZVQdZtA
— WUSA9 (@wusa9) January 8, 2022
Police arrested 47-year-old Shon Bloomfield of Chesterfield County, Virginia, on Friday. He is being charged with the shooting death of 27-year-old Anthony Sweat, the brother of WFT defensive end Sweat.
Bloomfield is being held without bond at the Henrico County Sheriff’s Jail. He is charged with second-degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. According to reports from the Henrico County Police, their department obtained calls about a shooting at an apartment complex in the Richmond suburb of Henrico soon after 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 28.
NEW: A 47-year-old Chesterfield man is under arrest, charged with the murder of the 27-year-old brother of Washington Football Team defensive end Montez Sweat. Shon Bloomfield (pictured) is in the custody of the Henrico Sheriff's Office, without bail. pic.twitter.com/SRTtZGhsIV
— Tom Lappas (@tomlappas) January 7, 2022
The Crime Scene
People in the community scattered from an area where shots were reportedly fired. According to reports, some people stayed at the scene and tried to help Anthony Sweat. The arrest of Bloomfield came as part of a three-way joint effort by Henrico Police, Virginia State Police, and the Chesterfield Police.
Despite the on field stuff don't forget to keep Montez Sweat and Everett and his girlfriend family in y'all prayers 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 #WashingtonFootball
— 2:1 (@shawnn75) January 9, 2022
The Sweats’ mother also died last year.
Although no one knows how the incident started, authorities stated that Sweat, who was from the Atlanta suburb of Stone Mountain, was known to have ties to the area in which he was killed.
“It is rough and our thoughts and prayers are with the families,” Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera said after the shooting. “When we’re here in the facility, we try to make sure the players understand that we’re here for them.”
WFT Through The Ringer
The WFT has gone through a series of tragedies recently. The shooting was the second death to hit the Washington Football Team in December.
WFT safety Deshazor Everett was involved in a deadly car accident on Christmas Eve that claimed the life of a 29-year-old female passenger. Everett was transported to the hospital with severe injuries.
Players out Sunday include Baker Mayfield, Joe Burrow, Joe Mixon, Lamar Jackson, Shaq Barrett, Ronald Jones, Braxton Berrios, Kyle Dugger, Curtis Samuel, Ricky Seals-Jones, Montez Sweat, Mike Glennon, Kadarius Toney, Terron Armstead, Bobby Wagner, Chase Edmonds and Rondale Moore.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 8, 2022
The COVID-19 outbreak midseason forced over 20 players onto the sidelines for the WFT. However, the team itself has gone through many mandatory changes after scandal after scandal hit the organization in 2021.
First, the organization was exposed by former employees of a toxic workplace culture replete with sexual harassment.
Then the team was caught up in the email scandal started by former Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden and with a former WFT high-ranking employee.
Former WFT QB Robert Griffin III is also reportedly coming out with a book exposing what he calls the harassment he received during his time as the star of the team.
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