A prominent DC attorney who has represented NFL players including Ray Rice and Tom Brady in their disputes with the league is dealing with her own legal battle. She's featured in video above walking with the Patriots quarterback into a 2015 hearing.
Heather McPhee, a 47-year-old attorney for the NFL Players Association, was arrested in May on charges of driving under the influence and resisting arrest, according to documents obtained exclusively by Circa. Charging documents indicate she was later charged with driving under the influence and operating a vehicle while impaired, and that she entered a guilty plea.
The arrest occurred after United States Capitol Police stopped McPhee's car just before midnight on May 17. After McPhee "exhibited numerous clues of impairment" she was placed under arrest, according to a public incident report. The criminal complaint indicates that McPhee said she was traveling from her office at the NFLPA, and that she admitted she had a glass of wine with dinner. Officers wrote that McPhee was unsteady on her feet, had slurred speech and struggled with the field sobriety test. The complaint says McPhee fought and attempted to stop officers during the arrest, yelling, "Really Dude" continually.
McPhee represented former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice when he appealed an indefinite suspension handed down by the NFL following the release of video that showed Rice punching his then fiancee, Janay Palmer. She was also involved in New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's appeal of a suspension following the so-called "Deflategate" controversy. Additionally, McPhee has been involved in the current appeal involving Ezekiel Elliott, the Dallas Cowboys running back who was suspended for six games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.
Court records indicate McPhee has since pleaded guilty to DUI, agreeing in July to community service and participation in a Victim Impact Panel. Her sentencing has been deferred.
Circa reached out to the NFL Players Association for comment by phone and email. We also left a message for McPhee. We have not yet heard back.
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