Broncos’ Ward charged with throwing glass mug at female strip club bartender

Defensive back T.J. Ward, shown while with the Browns in 2013, signed a four-year, $22.5 million contract in March to play for the Broncos. (Mark Duncan/Associated Press)

T.J. Ward was brought in by the Broncos this offseason to help defend against opposing offenses. But first he has to defend himself in court, against charges of misdemeanor assault and disturbing the peace.

Ward appeared in court Friday after a May 10 incident at Denver’s PT All Nude club. From the Associated Press story:

According to court documents, Ward was seen on video surveillance picking up the mug from the bar and throwing it at the bartender after being told he couldn’t bring a drink into the club.

The alleged incident occurred around 2:30 a.m. A court date has been set for June 23.

The Denver Post offered more details. Apparently, Ward approached the bar and asked for a bunch of singles; the bartender noticed that he was holding a bottle of booze that he must have brought in with him, so she told him to leave it outside. Later, Ward returned and asked for a cup of ice, into which the bartender saw him pouring contents from the bottle he had been told to get rid of. From the Denver Post story:

The bartender took the cup and poured out the drink. When she turned to help another customer, she felt something hit her wrist, the document said.

At the time, the bartender did not know who the customer was.

Other staff members later told her it was Ward and that his entourage included Terrance Knighton, a Broncos defensive tackle, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, a cornerback who played for the Broncos in last year’s Super Bowl, but now plays for the New York Giants, according to a Denver Police Department report.

As an aside, I love how that last paragraph makes it sound like it took a police investigation to reveal that Rodgers-Cromartie now plays for the Giants. But the Broncos can’t be thrilled that one of their major offseason acquisitions is already getting into trouble before so much as making plans for training camp.

In fact, Friday was a big day for the Broncos in terms of court activity. Take it away, again, Denver Post:

Broncos director of player personnel Matt Russell was sentenced Friday to seven months in jail after pleading guilty to driving under the influence, careless driving, and possession of an open container of alcohol last July. Russell also will be placed on probation for two years.

Russell had been suspended by the Broncos for the July, 2013, arrest but returned for the start of last season. Here’s his mug shot:

This booking photo provided by the Summit County, Colo., sheriff’s department shows the Denver Broncos Director of Player Personnel Matt Russell after he was arrested for driving under the influence on July 6, 2013, in Summit County. (Summit County Sheriff)

Can we presume the team is now telling its personnel to just stay home and smoke pot?

This former editor and part-time writer at The Post is now happy to prove that if you combine 'blowhard' and 'blaggard,' you get 'blogger.' He previously had used 'Desmond Bieler' as his byline, but feels that shortening the first name to 'Des' nicely conveys his ever-decreasing gravitas. He also covers Fantasy Football.



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