Alleah Taylor Opens Up About Alleged Attack From NFL Player Chad Wheeler: I Want To 'Acknowledge How Brutal This Was'
Taylor told responding officers she thought she had died following the attack.
April 22, 2021 at 3:35 pm
During a recent episode of the Tamron Hall show, Taylor shared graphic details of the Jan. 22 incident.
“I had never broken a bone before,” Taylor shared. “I knew something was wrong with my arm, I couldn’t lift it. Then, when I got to the ambulance, that's when I realized that my whole forearm was dangling, cause it had been popped out of the socket and bones were crushed, and then my humerus was broken.”
Wheeler, who suffers from bipolar disorder, alleges he went into a manic episode that day.
After shaving his long hair, a move that Taylor viewed as strange since it was something she says the 27-year-old cherished, she said she knew something was off.
Taylor said he began to spiral emotionally following the spontaneous haircut and according to court documents, demanded that she call him “master.” When she refused, she said her then-boyfriend of six months who is 6-foot-7 and 315 pounds, threw her on the bed and began to strangle her.
“He stood up and he told me to bow down, and I asked him why and he didn’t respond,’’ Taylor said, The Seattle Times reported. “He just told me to bow down again. I told him no and he immediately grabbed my neck and that’s when things began.’’
“I remember looking up at him and asking him, ‘Please stop, Chad. It’s me,’’ Taylor, who is just 145 pounds said in an interview with CBS. “And I just immediately knew the look in his eyes that was it.’’
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Taylor said Wheeler choked her until she was unconscious, adding that she blacked out twice during the encounter.
“I couldn’t scream,” she said to Hall.
“I look back and I’m like ‘How did you know how to do this so quickly?’" she recounted. "He [Wheeler] strangled me then, so quickly and I tried to move my arm to try to block his arm and that’s when he snatched it back, and when he snatched it back I went unconscious. I had woken up, and I was in a daze staring at the ceiling and I saw him come back and he started strangling me again. And I went unconscious.”
When she came to, she was startled by the fact that Wheeler was calmly eating the dinner she had ordered them prior to the attack, something she says terrified her.
“I had touched my face and I looked down and there was blood on my hand and I remember getting up and running to the bathroom,’’ she said. “Chad was standing by the bed, by the doorway, and he was sipping his smoothie and was like, ‘Wow, you’re still alive.’’’
Q13 Seattle reported that when responding officers asked Taylor if she thought she was going to die, she thought she “already had” due to the severity of the assault. Investigators discovered Taylor barricaded and screaming in the bathroom with “noticeable fingerprints on both sides of her neck as well as capillaries that had burst at the back of her throat.”
Taylor said the emotional and physical trauma that stemmed from the incident is something that she is going to have to deal with for the rest of her life.
“I still have to regularly get my concussion checked,’’ Taylor said in the CBS interview. “I have bolts and a steel plate I’m going to have forever in my arm. I’m going to have to deal with this the rest of my life.”
Although the trauma remains, Taylor hopes that sharing her story publicly will encourage others to come forward and receive the support they deserve.
“I feel like the truth, and being transparent about it, the acknowledgment of how brutal this was, it needs to be acknowledged, I don’t think that this is something that should be swept under the rug, or people should feel that uncomfortable,” Taylor told Hall. “And it’s an uncomfortable conversation of course to have, but it’s the truth. And it needs to be told. And it needs to be acknowledged, because I know I’m not the only person that has experienced abuse in any way.”
"So I’m hoping the support that I received, if someone else steps out and even if it’s not a public figure I hope and pray people rally around them too,” she added.
Chad Wheeler is scheduled for trial on June 1, according to ESPN and faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted.