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The former NFL player Chad Wheeler was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence last month.
His ex-girlfriend Alleah Taylor has spoken out about the abuse allegations for the first time.
She says she will have to deal with her injuries for the rest of her life.
Alleah Taylor, the ex-girlfriend of former Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Chad Wheeler, has spoken out for the first time since the former NFL player was arrested on suspicion of felony domestic violence last month.
Taylor shared details of the accusations with "CBS This Morning" on Wednesday, alleging Wheeler choked her until she blacked out after she refused to bow to him.
According to police reports obtained by The Seattle Times, officers were told Taylor's arm was dislocated and that she was bleeding.
"I still have to regularly get my concussion checked. I have bolts, and steel, and a steel plate I'm going to have forever in my arm. I'm going to have - going to have to deal with this the rest of my life," Taylor told "CBS This Morning" on Wednesday.
Wheeler has pleaded not guilty to three charges, including domestic-violence assault.
In a statement after his arrest, he said he was experiencing a manic episode when the incident happened.
"I am deeply sorry for the pain and suffering that I have caused to [the woman] and her family," he told ESPN, adding that he was seeking help.
Taylor, who said she had been dating Wheeler for about six months before the attack, told CBS she knew Wheeler had bipolar disorder and believed he "snapped into a dark place" that night.
"He, he stood up. And he told me to bow down," she said. "And I asked him why. And he didn't respond. He just told me to bow down again. And I told him no. And he immediately grabbed my neck. And that's when things began."
Taylor told police that when she regained consciousness after the attack, Wheeler was near her and said, "Wow, you're alive?"
She told CBS that she believed Wheeler should serve jail time.
"I have to say the hardest part of all this wasn't the surgeries. It wasn't any of that. It was getting a call from my niece and nephews. They thought they had lost me. And the pain in their voice. I will never forget that. I will never forget that," she said.
Wheeler was released on a $400,000 bail bond, and a trial is scheduled to start on April 6.
His lawyer did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.
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