A former Husker and Green Bay Packers running back struck his 15-year-old daughter in the face over an argument about dirty dishes, according to a criminal complaint from Brown County, Wisconsin.
Ahman Green, 40, has been charged with physical abuse of a child by intentionally causing bodily harm, a felony, and disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. His daughter suffered a black eye and two small scratches, authorities say. Green told police he slapped his daughter to get her to behave so she would do her chores.
He was released after promising to show up for future court appearances and ordered to have no contact with his daughter, four other people involved with the incident and anyone under 18. He faces six years in jail, a $10,000 fine or both on the child abuse charge. Green was not able to be reached, and no attorney was listed in court documents.
Brown County Sheriff’s Office deputies went to Ledgeview, Wisconsin, on Sunday about 11:30 p.m. to speak to Green’s daughter, who had told a neighbor that she was abused.
The daughter said she was staying with Green for the summer and was supposed to clean dishes to earn money but that she didn’t want to clean them.
Green and his daughter were arguing Sunday night about the dishes. Green “started to try and grab ‘her body’ to pull her into the kitchen,” according to the complaint.
The daughter pulled away and held onto a nanny, “in hopes that her father would leave her alone.”
Green carried his daughter to the kitchen and “forcefully made her pick up handfuls of silverware and put it away in the drawers,” the complaint said. The daughter told police Green was hurting her during this process. When Green let go, she looked down and Green punched her in the face, according to authorities.
The girl’s left eye was “swollen, slightly black and blue, and had two minor scratches,” according to a deputy’s observation.
Green told the deputies he slapped his daughter on the head with an open hand and might have hit her glasses which caused the eye injury.
“Ahman mentioned that he didn’t try to hit her in her glasses, he was just trying to straighten her up and get her to do her (chores),” according to the report. “Ahman explained (his daughter) chooses not to do chores but expects everything to be provided for her ... he is trying to teach (his daughter) to be respectful and responsible.”
Deputies took Green into custody.
The nanny told deputies she has a brain injury and has trouble remembering high-stress events. She couldn’t recall many details but said she didn’t see Green hit the girl or push her down.
Green’s mother-in-law, wife and sister-in-law said they were present during the altercation and said the only physical contact was when Green carried his daughter into the kitchen.
Deputies recovered a blue sweatshirt that the girl was wearing with two rips on the collar.
Green was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 2014. He is the team’s all-time leading rusher and a four-time Pro Bowl pick.
Green’s next court appearance is scheduled for July 11.
This report includes material from the Associated Press.
Sign up for World-Herald news alerts
Be the first to know when news happens. Get the latest breaking headlines sent straight to your inbox.