Alleah Taylor has opened up about her fight for justice after being attacked by her ex-boyfriend former Seattle Seahawks lineman Chad Wheeler almost two months ago. Speaking with “Daily Blast Live” co-host Erica Cobb in an interview that airs in full later today (March 16), Taylor described the courage it took for her to press charges against Wheeler after the traumatic incident.
“I remember at first, the first week or two after, I was still able to contact his dad and I was texting his dad asking if Chad was okay. And then I had to take a break and take a step back and ask, ‘Wait, I almost lost my life in a brutal, brutal way,’” Taylor told Cobb.
“I had to stop and think if I wouldn’t have called the cops, my family could have found me that way,” she continued. “It took me a while before I even decided to press charges because I had to actually put myself on the back burner and think, ‘What if this happens to another woman?’ As much as I do care and love him, God forbid this happens to someone else.”
News of Wheeler’s alleged assault broke in January after graphic photos of Taylor’s injuries went viral on social media. A police report accused Wheeler of engaging in a “physical fight” with Taylor, which left her with a concussion and injuries to her face and arm that required surgery.
After the incident, Wheeler was arrested and charged with domestic violence unlawful imprisonment, first-degree domestic violence assault and resisting arrest. He has since pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted pre-trial release from prison last month.
During her “Daily Blast Live” interview, Taylor revealed that after he was released, Wheeler expected to go on his planned Hawaii vacation.
“He almost took my life and he knows how important I am to so many people in such a brutal way,” she said. “... And then he expected to go on vacay still, which was odd, being in court [and] hearing that he still wanted to go to Hawaii after. I just don’t think that he fully understands the consequences.”
“This isn’t the first run-in he’s had with the cops in a violent manner,” she added. “I just feel like he needs to understand the consequences of what he did... I just don’t think that him not going [to prison] would be beneficial to him or public safety at all.”
See clips from Taylor’s interview below.