There is no attorney for Sam on file with Xenia Municipal Court. An attempt to reach Sam by phone was unsuccessful; this news organization will update the story if he comments.
Three officers responded to the home at 2:48 a.m. Sunday on a burglary call, police records show, after a woman, later identified as Sam’s wife, called 9-1-1 and reported someone was trying to break into her house and her car.
The officers found the front glass door to the home broken, and a window smashed on a 2015 Jeep Compass parked in the driveway, according to the police narrative on file with the court.
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One officer who went around the house and approached the back door had his gun drawn and pointed to the ground as he spotted a woman in the kitchen standing next to a man, who was later identified as Sam, according to the police narrative.
The officer reported that Sam opened the back patio door for him but only agreed to step outside after the officer pointed a Taser at him.
Sam was handcuffed and interviewed by police first in a police cruiser while on scene and a second time at the police station, according to the court records.
Sam told the officers that he and his wife are going through a divorce and the trouble started earlier that night at the Ned Peppers bar in downtown Dayton’s Oregon District, according to the police narrative.
Sam told police that he busted out the front door of his home to gain entry and that he broke the Jeep window because his wife had locked him out, according to the report. Sam told police while he was at the bar earlier, he was standing next to a woman in the bar when his wife approached and “mushed” the woman in the face, causing his wife to be kicked out of the bar, according to court records.
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Police reported there were scratch marks on Sam’s wife’s neck and arm, and there was fresh blood from an injury on one ear, according to the records. That ear did not have an earring in it, but the other one did, according to the records.
Sam reported he was arguing with his wife but there was no physical altercation and that she was injured while fighting two women at the bar, according to the police narrative.
Sam’s wife told police she called 9-1-1 because she thought someone was breaking into her home; she tried to talk the officers out of arresting him, according to the records.
The alleged victim told police that the arrest would harm her children when word spread in the neighborhood, according to the police narrative.
Sam’s wife told police that Sam “was a great father but a bad husband,” according to the police narrative.
Sam, whose full name is Phillip Kenwood Sam II, earned a Super Bowl ring as a member of the 2004 New England Patriots.
Sam is the wide receiver coach for the Centerville Elks varsity football team, according to the district’s website.
According to his profile listed with other coaches on the site, Sam played three years as a wide receiver for Florida State University before he was drafted in the fifth round by the Patriots. Sam went on to play for the Cincinnati Bengals, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders, and the Buffalo Bills. He has also played in the Canadian Football League. He owns Vision Performance.
Centerville school officials released a statement that says the only information they are aware of is what has been reported by this news organization.
“We’ll continue to monitor the situation and make decisions based on information we receive from law enforcement,” the district’s statement reads.