Lincoln Police: Mickey Joseph punched and strangled his wife during an argument over infidelity

Lincoln Police: Mickey Joseph punched and strangled his wife during an argument over infidelity

Former Nebraska acting football coach Mickey Joseph pushed, punched and choked his wife and pulled her hair during an argument the couple had over infidelity, Lincoln police allege in a court document filed Thursday.

Lancaster County prosecutors charged Joseph, 54, with one count of assault by strangulation or suffocation, which carries a sentence of up to five years probation or three years in prison. Joseph denied the allegations to police, according to the affidavit. The charge was an upgrade to the two misdemeanors Lincoln police originally cited when they jailed him Wednesday night.

A judge set bail on Thursday at 10% of $20,000, meaning Joseph must pay $2,000 to be released. He posted bail and was released. He was ordered not to have any contact with his wife.

According to the two-page affidavit of Lincoln police officer Steve Redlin:

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Priscilla Joseph, 34, told officers arriving in Lincoln that she and Mickey Joseph had been married for six years. Just before 2 p.m. Wednesday, the two “began arguing about infidelity in the marriage” at their home near 34th Street and Tree Line Drive in south Lincoln.

“Priscilla reported (Mickey) pushed her from the front causing her to fall onto the couch,” Redlin wrote. “Priscilla advised (Mickey) to climb on top of her on the sofa and put his hands around her throat. She specifically said, ‘He pushed me onto the sofa and choked me.’

When officers asked her if she could breathe, she told them, “No, until I push him away.”

She then headed for the adjoining kitchen. She alleged that her husband “grabbed her hair from behind and pulled her back, knocking her to the ground,” according to the court document.

“In the process of falling, Priscilla reported that (Mickey) struck her in the left temple with a clenched fist,” Redlin wrote. “She specifically said that (Mickey) ‘grabbed me by the hair and punched me in the eye. “

Redlin wrote that officers observed “visible redness and swelling around his left eye consistent with being punched.”

“Priscilla was observed to have several long strands of hair clinging to the upper right leg of her pants,” Redlin wrote. “Priscilla reported that this hair was torn from her head when she was grabbed” by her husband.

Priscilla told officers her husband grabbed his mobile phone and tried to flush it down the toilet. Officers saw him sitting in a tub of rice – a method used to try to dry out a cellphone.

Priscilla Joseph’s 35-year-old brother is quoted in the affidavit as saying he was in an upstairs bedroom when he heard the couple arguing. He stepped out onto the balcony overlooking the living room and saw Mickey Joseph’s “hand around Priscilla’s throat.”

Joseph was arrested around 3:10 p.m. at the home of former Nebraska quarterback Steve Taylor, a Lincoln realtor. Taylor released a statement on Facebook after rampant internet rumors incorrectly suggested he was involved in the altercation.

“Dear Husker Nation…my wife and (I) are friends with the Joseph family. Please disregard all rumors and innuendo as they are all totally untrue + terribly inaccurate! We are here to help and support Mickey’s family through this ordeal. My bond with my family and my fellow Huskers is the most precious thing in my life!

A source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Taylor simply tried to get Joseph to focus on an interview he was due for the coaching job at Tulsa on Wednesday. The interview was conducted using computer software. The interview with Tulsa was not conducted at Taylor’s house, a source said.

Lincoln police say Mickey Joseph waived his right to remain silent and “provided a statement.”

Joseph “denied hitting Priscilla in the face or grabbing her hair,” the affidavit states. “(Mickey) had no visible injuries.”

Nebraska athletic director Trev Alberts released a statement saying Joseph had been placed on administrative leave.

“I have been made aware of the charges against Coach Joseph and given the nature of the allegations and based on university policy, he has been placed on administrative leave,” Alberts said.

Joseph’s status with Nebraska has been in question since Nebraska hired Matt Rhule this week to be the Huskers’ head coach.

Alberts said Monday that any decision regarding Joseph’s status at NU would rest with Rhule. Both Alberts and the new coach praised Joseph at the time for the way he led the program over the past 11 weeks.

Joseph, a former Nebraska quarterback, was hired by former head coach Scott Frost in December 2021 to be Nebraska’s associate head coach, receivers coach and passing play coordinator. After Frost was fired on September 11, Alberts promoted Joseph to Nebraska’s interim coach for the final nine games of the season.

Joseph’s contract with Nebraska runs through Dec. 31, 2023, but he can be terminated for cause if he is found to have “violated or violated applicable federal, state, or municipal laws,” or ” violated any felony or misdemeanor”. criminal status resulting in a conviction that relates to, affects, or impairs (his) ability to perform duties on behalf of the university,” according to his contract.

This report includes material from the Lincoln Journal Star.

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