DENVER — The girlfriend of Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy asked a judge on Friday to dismiss a misdemeanor case against him that arose from a dispute between them.
The woman, who has a month-old child with Jeudy, told Judge Chantel Contiguglia that she did not feel threatened during the incident and was in touch with authorities to “monitor the situation.”
Jeudy, 23, was arrested Thursday at the couple’s home in suburban Denver after his girlfriend reported that he had locked some of her belongings and items for the baby in his car, preventing her from returning to Virginia. He was arrested on suspicion of second-degree tampering with a domestic violence amp, a misdemeanor, and had to spend the night in jail until he could appear before a judge on the amp.
Contiguglia did not immediately decide what to do with the case, but allowed Jeudy’s release from prison and allowed him to travel.
Terri Combs, a spokeswoman for the 18th Circuit prosecutor’s office, said Friday the case is still open and Jeudy is next scheduled to appear at a hearing to plead on May 31.
After the hearing, Jeudy’s attorney, Harvey Steinberg, said Jeudy did nothing that would amount to a crime and the domestic violence label should not have been applied to his case as there was no violence or attempted violence.
“Bad things happen to good people, and that’s what this case is about,” 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 and intended to intimidate, coerce, or retaliate against them. The law also requires police to arrest anyone they suspect of such a crime.
Preventing a partner from having access to money, personal items or medication to try to control them or prevent them from leaving the country are some examples of other types of domestic violence, said Roshan Kalantar, deputy director by Violence Free Colorado, the state’s domestic violence coalition.
Mandatory arrest laws came about because of past concerns that police downplayed the threat of domestic violence or felt powerless to arrest a suspect when the victim denied the abuse out of fear, Kalantar said. However, she acknowledged that some domestic violence survivors do not want to be arrested, which can lead to even more violence against them later.
Broncos freshman head coach Nathaniel Hackett said after the first day of rookie minicamp on Friday that he met with Jeudy after his release from prison and “we’re going to take that and learn from it as a team.”
Hackett hesitated when asked if Jeudy would face a team discipline: “You know, we’re going to look at all things and make sure we’re doing the right things. We’re here to support him and keep going.”