DENVER (AP) — The girlfriend of Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy asked a judge on Friday to dismiss a misdemeanor case against him stemming from a dispute between them.
The woman, who has a one-month-old child with Jeudy, told Judge Chantel Contiguglia that she did not feel threatened during the incident and made contact with authorities to “monitor the situation,” The Denver Post reported.
Jeudy, 23, was arrested Thursday at the couple’s suburban Denver home 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 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.
Even though authorities did not allege Jeudy committed violence, the sheriff’s office said such enhancers are typically added to cases when there is an intimate relationship between the victim and the suspect.
Contiguglia did not immediately decide what should happen with the case but allowed Jeudy to be released from jail and allowed him to travel. He is scheduled to appear in court again on May 31.
After the hearing, Jeudy’s lawyer, Harvey Steinberg, said Jeudy did not do anything that amounted to a crime and the domestic violence label should not have been applied to his case since there was no violence or attempted violence.
“Bad things happen to good people, and that’s what this case is,” Steinberg said.
Broncos first-year head coach Nathaniel Hackett confirmed Friday afternoon that he had met with Jeudy face-to-face.
“I’ve had an opportunity to talk to Jerry and we’re going to move forward from this,” Hackett said after the first of a two-day rookie minicamp at the Broncos’ facility. “We’re going to learn from it as a team and that’s what it’s all about. There’s adversity and it’s how you respond from that adversity. I think that’s so important. Things happen and we just have to learn from it.”
Hackett indicated it was too early to know if Jeudy would face any team-related punishment.
“We’ll look into all that kind of stuff and make sure we do all the right stuff,” he said.
This is the first time Hackett has dealt with a situation like this with one of his players since he became a head coach for the first time in February. He said he thought the organization had good processes in place to handle it.
“I think in the end we’re all people and we’re all on a team together,” Hackett said. “It’s one of those things, you have to be there for each other. You’ve got to find out all the information, you’ve got to do it all the right way and I think that’s what we did here. That’s how I would have done it in any matter.”
USA TODAY Sports’ Parker Gabriel and The Associated Press contributed to this report.