The head of Major League Soccer’s FC Dallas franchise was charged with assaulting his wife in a midtown Manhattan hotel during the weekend.
Hal Douglas Quinn, 50, was arrested at about 2:45 p.m. on Nov. 10 at the Alex Hotel on East 45th Street after his 46-year-old wife, Elizabeth, told police that he struck her and tried to choke her after the couple got into an argument that escalated, said Paul Browne, a spokesman for the New York City Police Department.
Quinn’s wife told police her husband struck her in the face with a closed fist, causing swelling and bruising on the left side, and tried to choke her, Browne said in a phone interview. She was treated by emergency medical services at the scene and taken to New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, Browne said.
Quinn was charged with one count of third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, and one count of second-degree strangulation, a felony, according to a copy of a criminal complaint. He was arraigned two days ago and released on $20,000 bail pending a court appearance scheduled for today, according to online records. The felony count carries a prison term of as long as seven years, while the misdemeanor charge has a one-year maximum.
Quinn, the president and chief executive officer of FC Dallas, lives in Dallas and was in New York visiting friends, said his attorney, Alan Futerfas.
“In these cases, which are usually ‘He said, she said,’ there is often another side to the story and there certainly is one here,” Futerfas said in an e-mailed statement. “To protect the privacy of both Mr. Quinn and his wife, we will not go into the events of that day or discuss important and private circumstances relevant to the allegations. We look forward to meeting with the New York District Attorney’s Office so that they can be fully informed of all the facts and circumstances.”
Quinn is taking an indefinite leave of absence from the club to attend to personal matters, and Hunt Sports Group Vice President Dan Hunt will take over FC Dallas in the interim, the club said in a statement posted on its website.
“We are aware of the report regarding Doug Quinn,” John Wagner, president of Hunt Sports Group, said in the statement. “We are in the process of gathering additional information and will have no further comment at this time.”
The victim, who wasn’t identified in the complaint, told police that Quinn “repeatedly punched her in the face and body, causing her to suffer substantial pain, bruising and swelling to her face, arms and legs, and causing her eye to become swollen shut,” according to the complaint.
She also told officers that Quinn “placed his hands around her neck and applied pressure and placed a pillow over her head and applied pressure, making it difficult for the victim to breathe and causing her to lose consciousness,” according to the complaint.
Elizabeth Quinn told the New York Post that “things went wrong” after the couple had a “lovely night” celebrating Doug Quinn’s 50th birthday the previous night and that the pair, who have two small children, plan to stay together.
Quinn was named president and chief executive officer of FC Dallas in June 2010 after six years as president of Major League Soccer affiliate Soccer United Marketing, according to a statement posted on the club’s website.