Boley — a starting linebacker in Super Bowl XLVI — had been under investigation in Alabama for a 2011 incident involving his son, who was 5 years old at the time.
The details of the alleged abuse are unclear, although sources tell us the allegations were of a physical nature and NOT sexual abuse.
Here’s what we know … Boley’s case was scheduled to go in front of a grand jury in February 2013 … but before that got under way, the 30-year-old NFL star struck a plea deal with prosecutors.
Court officials in Etowah County, AL tell TMZ … Boley pled guilty to child abuse — and in exchange, he was ordered to enroll in a pre-trial diversion program and upon completion the charge would be dropped.
Boley was also required to turn himself into authorities. He was booked on February 8, smiled for a mug shot and was released from custody later that day.
The Giants reportedly didn’t know about Boley’s legal troubles before they cut him, according to ProFootballTalk.com.