Nashville Predators player Austin Watson plead "no contest" to a domestic violence charge Tuesday morning in Williamson County Court.

Watson, 26, was arrested and charged after an incident with his girlfriend in Franklin on June 20.

According to Franklin Police, a witness flagged down one of their officers around 7:20 p.m. that day at the Shell gas station at 1410 Murfreesboro Rd.

According to the affidavit, the officer saw Watson's girlfriend sitting in the passenger seat of a car and shield herself from being shoved by Watson. She reportedly said "stop" and was covering her face.

Watson told the officer that he and his girlfriend were arguing about her drinking and her not being able to attend a wedding.

According to the affidavit, Watson admitted to pushing his girlfriend, who had visible red marks on her chest.

Watson was released from jail on $4,500 bond.

The NHL announced it would open a full investigation into the incident to determine a potential punishment for Watson.

The National Hockey League released the following statement regarding the developments involving @PredsNHL forward Austin Watson.— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) July 24, 2018

The Predators released the following statement Tuesday evening:We will consult and cooperate with the NHL as an investigation is conducted into this matter, and will have no further comment until the NHL’s investigation has reached its conclusion. Our priority right now is surrounding Austin, Jen and their family with the care and resources they need to heal and move forward.Following his plea, Watson will be sentenced. Stay with News4 for updates.

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Rebecca Cardenas is a Murrow-award winning journalist who joined News4 as a reporter in September 2017. She currently covers the court systems in Middle Tennessee.

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