If the Dolphins' Phillip Merling did violently assault his pregnant fiancée it seems he won't be facing any formal consequences for it. The Broward State Attorney's office has announced that they're dropping all charges after the victim in the case refused to continue cooperating. The Dolphins meanwhile never punished Merling. Even following his arrest he was given special treatment from the police.
Merling continued to practice with the Dolphins following his arrest, but was sidelined for the entire season after tearing his Achilles' tendon.
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"We had an altercation in the house,''Merling himself tells The Herald
. "It wasn't physical. It was hardly even verbal. It was something I did. I broke her trust and I came home and I had to look her in the eyes and admit what I did. I broke her trust and I just hope to rebuild it."
He claims the two are still in a relationship, but are not currently living together .