DENVER (AP)—The girlfriend of Broncos Wide receiver Jerry Jeudy asked a judge on Friday to file a misdemeanor case against him stemming from a dispute between them.
The woman, who has a month-old son with Jeudy, told Judge Chantel Contiguglia that she did not feel threatened during the incident and had contacted authorities to “monitor the situation”. The Denver Post reported.
Jeudy, 23, was arrested Thursday at the couple’s home in suburban Denver after his girlfriend reported he had locked some of her belongings and baby items in her car, preventing her from returning to Virginia. He was arrested on suspicion of second-degree criminal tampering with a domestic violence enhancer, a misdemeanor, and had to spend the night in jail until he could appear before a judge because of the enhancer.
Contiguglia did not immediately decide what should happen to the case, but allowed Jeudy to be released from prison and allowed him to travel.
Terri Combs, a spokeswoman for the 18th District Attorney’s Office, said Friday that the case remains open, with Jeudy scheduled to appear in a hearing to file an appeal on May 31.
After the hearing, Jeudy’s attorney Harvey Steinberg said that Jeudy did nothing that could be considered a felony and that the domestic violence label should not have been applied to his case as there was no violence or attempted violence.
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“Bad things happen to good people, and that’s the case,” Steinberg said.
Authorities said there were no allegations of physical violence. However, under Colorado law, domestic violence can include any crime committed against an intimate partner or their property that is used to intimidate, coerce, or seek revenge against them. The law also requires the police to arrest anyone suspected of having committed such a crime.
Preventing a partner from accessing money, personal belongings or medication to try to control them or stop them from going out are some examples of other types of domestic violence, said Roshan Kalantar, associate director of Violence Free Colorado, the domestic violence coalition. of State.
Mandatory arrest laws were developed out of concerns in the past that police were downplaying the danger of domestic abuse or feeling powerless to arrest a suspect if the victim denied abuse out of fear, Kalantar said. However, she acknowledged that some survivors of domestic violence do not want to be arrested, which could lead to more violence against them later on.
Broncos first-year coach Nathaniel Hackett said after the first day of the rookie minicamp on Friday that he met with Jeudy after his release from prison and “we’re going to move on from this and learn from this as a team. .”
Hackett hesitated when asked if Jeudy would face any team discipline: “You know, we’re going to look at all the things and make sure we do the right things. We are here to support you and move forward with it.”