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Arena football coach arrested as domestic violence spreads beyond NFL

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Arena football head coach Robert Keefe was arrested on Sunday afternoon and charged with domestic battery after his girlfriend told an emergency dispatcher that he attempted to strangle her.

The head coach of the Orlando Predators was arrested on Sunday afternoon after allegedly committing the assault, reports say, and he is due to appear in court to face the charges this week.

Orlando Predators are the latest of a long line of football teams in the US that have been embroiled in the domestic violence epidemic that seems to be hitting the NFL most of all.

Shocking news 

Predators President Jared Saft spoke out on Monday about the claims from Keefe's girlfriend, with the Saft revealing that they are mounting an investigation into the matter.

"She has assured us this was an isolated incident. However, we are still investigating the facts. As an organization, we take domestic violence matters very seriously and are working to ensure this issue is fully and appropriately resolved," Saft told Yahoo Sports in an emailed statement.

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Worrying times 

It's worrying that we have another domestic violence case against a football player or coach making the headlines. In the NFL, it was Ray Rice who made the headlines earlier this year when he was suspended for two games by NFL for striking his partner.

Rice was then suspended indefinitely once lift footage of the domestic assault was revealed to the public. Rice has since been reinstated to the NFL following a trial, but the domestic violence in football continued this week with Keefe's brutal attack.

"An Orange County deputy wrote in the affidavit that he found the girlfriend in her car crying, her neck and chin were red.

"The woman told the deputy that Keefe grabbed her by the neck, pushed her up against the apartment door, then lifted her off her feet by the rib cage. Keefe would not let her leave until she started screaming, according to the affidavit."

Keefe is lucky he is the coach of an Arena football team, because if he was an NFL coach he would have been fired today.

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