WATCH: Former Detroit Lions cornerback Cam Sutton released from jail in Hillsborough County

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Former Detroit Lions cornerback Cam Sutton, who turned himself in on a domestic violence-related charge in Hillsborough County, was released from jail on Monday.

Video shows Sutton leaving the Orient Road Jail on Monday afternoon. He didn’t answer any questions.

Cam Sutton (Courtesy: Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office)
Cam Sutton (Courtesy: Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office)

Sutton was released on his own recognizance, according to a court spokesperson.

Deputies responded to a call on March 7 to find a woman who they said had been beaten at Sutton’s Lutz home. Officials had not been able to locate the football player since that incident.

The Detroit Lions announced that they released Sutton on March 21 following his arrest order being issued.

Mindy Murphy with The Spring, a domestic violence shelter in Hillsborough County, said the NFL has taken a harder stance against domestic violence in recent years.

“Domestic violence rates of perpetration, when you are an athlete or celebrity is now a lot more closely followed,” Murphy said. “These cases get picked up and they get noticed and the NFL has a policy that says, we are going to push and pursue to ensure something happens.”

Still, Murphy said it’s often difficult for victims to go through with the cases.

“It is still hard to move forward through prosecution because your abuser will begin, even if they are sitting in jail and the calls are recorded, they will say, ‘hey babe, give me another chance, drop the charges,'” Murphy said.

She said the problems are magnified when the person accused is an athlete or celebrity.

“Those fans call, they make death threats, they send letters, they menace that survivor,” Murphy said.

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