Chidozie Nwankwo

A former Foster High School star was suspended from the University of Houston football team after being charged of assaulting his live-in girlfriend.

Chidozie Nwankwo, a freshman defensive tackle for the Cougars, was charged with assault/impeding breathing in a domestic incident on Jan. 28. The charges were officially filed last week by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

According to the documents, Nwankwo’s girlfriend – who has dated him for the last three years – told campus police that he choked her during a heated argument at the Cullen Oaks Apartments.

The argument started when the girlfriend asked Nwankwo for help with her hair, according to documents. But he later started yelling at her and making threats when she began to get her things and leave.

Nwankwo then held his girlfriend by the throat and “squeezed” that led her to “grasp for air,” according to the charging documents. He later slapped her and held her neck down as her face was put into a mattress.

Nwankwo, 18, has bonded out, according to records. His bond was $5,000 and an emergency order was placed on him. He is now forbidden to be within 200 feet of his girlfriend and cannot make contact with her.

The University of Houston athletic department sent out a statement after the charges against Nwankwo was made public.

“We are aware of the serious allegations regarding Chidozie Nwankwo,” the statement reads. “He has been suspended from the Houston football program, pending further information. In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the athletics department’s ability to comment on specific cases is restricted.”

Nwankwo was a two-sport star at Foster last year, winning two state titles in wrestling and a four-time medalist. He also was stellar on the football field, being named the Touchdown Club of Houston’s Defensive Player of the Year for the 2019 season.

He was also named the District 10-5A DI defensive MVP for his junior and senior seasons.

This past season, Nwankwo played in eight games for UH, getting 11 total tackles on the season and got a tackle for loss in games against BYU and Cincinnati.

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