Domestic battery charge dropped against NFL cornerback Kelvin Hayden
By Lauren FitzPatrick Sun-Times Media email@example.com March 13, 2012 1:06PM
A domestic battery charge was dropped Tuesday in Cook County against former Indianapolis Colts cornerback Kelvin Hayden, now with the Atlanta Falcons. He went to Hubbard High School, Joliet Junior College and the University of Illinois. | File photo
Updated: March 13, 2012 1:34PM
A domestic battery charge was dropped Tuesday against Atlanta Falcons cornerback Kelvin Hayden in Cook County Circuit Court.
Hayden, 28, was arrested in Chicago early on Feb. 28, according to Chicago police, after a 27-year-old Frankfort woman accused him of hitting her twice in the face.
The pair were arguing in a parking garage at 800 W. Madison Ave. in Greektown about 3:15 a.m., when, the woman told police, Hayden “struck her twice with a closed fist in the face, causing her to fall,” Ofc. Mike Sullivan said.
She called 911, and police on patrol found a car — a white Bentley — matching her description near Hayden’s home on the Near North Side, Sullivan said.
He was pulled over and arrested about 6:15 a.m. Feb. 28 and first appeared in court later that day on a misdemeanor battery charge. He was released later that day on $2,500 bail, court records show.
Appearing in court Tuesday in a black sweater and jeans, his right foot in a black brace, Hayden listened quietly as prosecutors told Judge Ursula Walowski the woman did not show up for the hearing. The charge was then dismissed.
Hayden and his mother left the courthouse, 555 W. Harrison, without commenting.
His attorney, Vincent F. Cornelius, said Hayden denies the allegations. The woman has signed an affidavit saying the allegations were false, Cornelius said.
Hayden graduated from Chicago’s Hubbard High School and went to Joliet Junior College, where in 2002 he was named the NJCAA national player of the year. He went on to play at the University of Illinois.
He was drafted in the second round by Indianapolis, and as a Colt famously intercepted a Rex Grossman pass during Super Bowl XLI and ran it back for 56-yard touchdown against the Bears.
In 2011, he was picked up by the Falcons.