Misdemeanour charges have been dropped against a Pittsburgh Steelers backup linebacker who had been accused of injuring his girlfriend, Canadian Olympic pole vaulter Alysha Newman, during a fight in their western Pennsylvania hotel room this month.

“Me withdrawing charges does not mean I take domestic violence lightly,” she said. “There were no payoffs, no behind the scene deals, there has been no contact between Anthony and I since the night of the incident,” Newman said on social media. “I do not condone domestic violence from males or females because it is not right and I will forever stand behind that.

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