Jan 16, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs middle linebacker Willie Gay Jr. (50) reacts before the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in an AFC Wild Card playoff football game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

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Chiefs LB Willie Gay arrested on criminal damage charges

Kansas City Chiefs starting linebacker Willie Gay faces a misdemeanor charge of criminal damage after his arrest Wednesday night in Overland Park, Kan.

According to Johnson County authorities, Gay was charged with one count of criminal damage of less than $1,000 for damage to property including a vacuum cleaner, a door frame and a wall.

A representative for Gay told NFL Network that “no one was touched” during an argument that led to the veteran player’s arrest.

Gay, 23, has a court appearance scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

The Chiefs said they were aware of the situation but did comment on Gay’s status for Sunday’s AFC divisional playoff game against the visiting Buffalo Bills.

Gay, a second-round pick in 2020, started 11 of his 12 games in 2021 and registered 48 tackles, a half-sack and two interceptions.

Back in October, Gay missed a practice for personal reasons and posted on social media that he was struggling with his mental health.

“I love you all just know my mental health is F’d up,” he wrote on Twitter on Oct. 8.

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