Predators player Austin Watson was arrested over the weekend in Franklin.

Watson, 26, is charged with domestic assault in connection with the incident, which involved his girlfriend.

A witness flagged down a Franklin police officer around 7:20 p.m. Saturday 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. He is scheduled to appear in court on June 28.

The Nashville Predators have been involved in the fight against domestic violence. They have partnered with AMEND and raised a lot of money for the cause.

Watson was featured in a video about domestic violence.

"I'd never hit my wife. I'd never hurt my girlfriend. I'd never allow someone to insult my sister," Watson said on the video.

Natalie Aronson, corporate communications manager for the Predators, issued this statement:We are aware of the incident involving Austin Watson on Saturday night. We are still gathering facts and it is not appropriate for us to comment further at this time, but this is a matter that we are taking very seriously and will cooperate fully with the investigation by law enforcement. The Nashville Predators have and will continue to stand side by side with AMEND in the fight to end violence against women.AMEND is a YWCA program that works with young male athletes in hopes of ending violence against women. In March, the Predators held their second annual "AMEND Together Night with the Preds."

The program tells News4 they have a strong relationship with the team and issued this statement.We trust that they are handling all the allegations against Mr. Watson in a manner that is respectful both to him and his family, as well as the potential victim.Kathy Walsh with the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, said it's particularly upsetting when famous athletes commit crimes.

"It's disappointing when we hear of one of our heroes who has a domestic incident," Walsh said.

Watson, who is a left winger, is from Ann Arbor, MI. He was selected by the Predators in the first round of the 2010 NHL Draft.

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