Steelers LB Anthony Chickillo facing misdemeanor charges

Uniontown Pennsylvania State Police were called to a domestic disturbance involving Pittsburgh Steelers backup linebacker Anthony Chickillo and his girlfriend at Nemacolin Woodlands early Sunday morning.

Chickillo, 26, was arrested and charged with three misdemeanors: simple assault, criminal mischief -- property damage, and harassment. He was released Sunday on a $10,000 bond and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Oct. 30.

The NFL will "look into the matter," league spokesman Brian McCarthy said.

According to the criminal complaint, Chickillo's girlfriend, an Olympic pole vaulter for the Canadian National Team, told police the two got into a verbal argument over table games in the casino before returning to their room.

Once back in the room, according to documents, Chickillo grabbed her by both arms, forcing her against the wall and door. The girlfriend then said Chickillo threw her to the ground and smashed her iPhone. She then locked herself in the bathroom, according to the criminal complaint, and waited for police to arrive. Chickillo admitted to pushing his girlfriend down, per the complaint. The police said Chickillo's girlfriend had "visible redness to both her right and left bicep areas, with bruising beginning to form." Chickillo was not present for Monday's practice at the request of the team.

"He has been instructed to not be in the building today as we continue to gather more information and work with the NFL Office," team spokesman Burt Lauten said.