Former NFL linebacker Willie McGinest was arrested today in connection with an investigation into an assault at a West Hollywood nightclub earlier this month.

McGinest, a 51-year-old Long Beach native, was taken into custody about 7 a.m. Monday at the sheriff’s West Hollywood Station, and he was booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Bail was set at $30,000, and McGinest was released about 9:45 a.m., the Sheriff’s Department reported.

The alleged assault occurred Dec. 9 in a nightclub in the 7900 block of Santa Monica Boulevard, the Sheriff’s Department reported.

“Witnesses identified former NFL player Willie Lee McGinest Jr. as being one of the individuals involved in the incident,” according to a Sheriff’s Department statement. “On December 19, 2022, Mr. McGinest arrived at the West Hollywood sheriff’s station to provide a statement regarding the incident,” after which he was arrested.

Detectives from the sheriff’s West Hollywood Detective Bureau were leading the investigation.

The arrest was first reported by

McGinest played in the National Football League for 15 years, most of them with the New England Patriots, where he was a three-time Super Bowl champion. He attended Long Beach Poly High School and played at USC.

After retiring, he has served as an analyst for NFL Network, Fox Sports and ESPN.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with more information from the Sheriff’s Department.