CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry is “battling for his life” after falling out of the back of a pickup truck Wednesday during what police described as a domestic dispute with his fiancee.
Henry was found in the road about 8 miles north of downtown Charlotte “apparently suffering life-threatening injuries,” according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. Police spokesman Robert Fey said officers were stationed near the 26-year-old Henry’s hospital room. He had no information on Henry’s condition, but said he was alive.
Police said a dispute began at a home just before noon and Henry jumped into the bed of the pickup truck as his fiancee – whom they did not identify by name – was driving away from the residence.
“The domestic situation continued between the operator and Mr. Henry,” the police said in a statement. “At some point while she was driving, Mr. Henry came out of the back of the vehicle.”
Henry was found on a residential street about a half mile from the home when police were called to the scene. Fey wouldn’t identify the woman and said no charges were filed Wednesday.
Henry is engaged to Loleini Tonga, and the couple has been raising three children.
Neighbor Karen Clanton said the Tonga family lives in the house where the police say the incident began. Henry was away from the team after breaking his left forearm during a win over Baltimore on Nov. 8. He had surgery and was placed on season-ending injured reserve following the game. Charlotte is home to his fiancee’s parents.