DENVER – Denver Broncos girlfriend Jerry Jeudy asked a judge on Friday to dismiss a misdemeanor case against him that arose out of a dispute between them.
The woman, who has a one-month-old child with Jeudy, told Judge Chantel Contiguglia she did not feel threatened during the incident and contacted authorities to “monitor the situation”.
Jeudy, 23, was arrested Thursday at the couple’s home in the Denver suburbs after his girlfriend said he had locked some of her belongings and baby items in his car, preventing her from returning to Virginia. He was arrested on suspicion of second-degree falsification with an amplifier of domestic violence, misdemeanor, and had to spend the night in jail before appearing in court because of the amplifier.
Contiguglia did not immediately decide what to do with the case, but allowed Jeudy to be released and allowed him to travel.
Terri Combs, a spokesman for the 18th Attorney General’s Office, said Friday that the case remains open, with Jeudy scheduled to appear later for a hearing to appeal on May 31.
After the hearing, Jeudy’s lawyer, Harvey Steinberg, said that Jeudy did nothing that constituted a crime and that the label of domestic violence 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 the case,” Steinberg said.
Authorities said there were no reports of physical violence. However, under Colorado law, domestic violence can include any crime committed against a close partner or his or her property used to intimidate, coerce, or retaliate against him or her. The law also requires police to arrest anyone suspected of committing such a crime.
Preventing a partner from accessing money, personal belongings or drugs to try to control them or prevent them from leaving are just a few examples of other forms of domestic violence, said Roshan Kalantar, deputy director of Violence Free Colorado, her coalition. State for Domestic Violence.
Arrest laws were developed because of concerns in the past that police had downgraded the risk of domestic abuse or felt unable to arrest a suspect if the victim denied the abuse out of fear, Kalandar said. However, he acknowledged that some survivors of domestic violence did not want to be arrested, which could lead to more violence against them later.
Broncos first-team coach Nathaniel Hackett said after the first day of rookie minicamp on Friday that he had met Jeudy after his release and “we will move on from this and learn from it as a team.”
Hackett was disappointed when asked if Judy would face any discipline on the team: “You know, we’re going to look at all the things and make sure we’re doing the right thing. We’re here to support him and move on.”