Corwin Brown faces three charges

Updated: September 12, 2011, 4:36 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Former NFL player Corwin Brown has been arraigned on two counts of confinement and one count of domestic battery stemming from a nearly seven-hour standoff with police last month.

Brown, the former Notre Dame defensive coordinator, was being released Monday from the St. Joseph County Jail on $5,000 bond.

Prosecutors allege Brown held his wife hostage with a handgun and bruised her during the standoff on Aug. 12.

Brown allegedly argued with his wife, Melissa, keeping her in their home against her will while a SWAT team set up outside, according to prosecutors.

Brown eventually let his wife go and then remained in the home for several more hours. The standoff ended when he shot himself in the stomach.

Brown's family has said they believe his actions may stem from brain trauma sustained from playing football. Brown played eight seasons in the NFL as a defensive back with the Patriots, Jets and Lions.

Brown was let go by the Patriots following the 2010 season, during which he coached the team's defensive backs.

A message seeking comment was left Monday for Brown's attorney, William Stanley.

ESPN.com's Matt Fortuna and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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