Predators’ Austin Watson arrested on domestic assault charge

Nashville Predators left- winger Austin Watson.(Chris O'Meara/AP)

NASHVILLE — Police in Tennessee have arrested Nashville Predators forward Austin Watson on a charge of domestic assault.

Franklin Police Lt. Charles Warner says Watson was arrested Saturday evening. Warner says Watson has been released from jail on $4,500 bond and is due in court June 28.

No further information was immediately available.

The Predators issued a statement saying they "are still gathering facts and it’s not appropriate for us to comment further at this time." Team officials also noted that "this is a matter that we are taking very seriously and we will co-operate fully with the investigation by law enforcement."

The 26-year-old Watson is a former first-round draft pick who scored a career-high 14 goals and had five assists in 76 games during the 2017-18 regular season. He had five goals and three assists in 13 playoff games.

Watson has 23 goals and 24 assists in 216 career regular-season games, all with the Predators.

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