Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy is free on a personal recognizance bond in his second-degree tampering case with a domestic violence enhancer. The complainant, the mother of his child, requested that the judge dismiss the case Friday morning.
Denver Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy free on bond
The request was not immediately granted by the judge, and a mandatory protection order was issued despite the alleged victim stating a desire not to have a no-contact order. Jeudy was assigned a May 31 court date.
Jeudy was arrested Thursday by Arapahoe County Sheriff deputies for the alleged crime involving property. He allegedly withheld a baby’s car seat, medical records for the child, and the woman’s wallet, but did not cause physical harm, according to Arapahoe County Sheriff Tyler Brown. Jeudy is free to travel under the conditions of his bond.
Following the hearing, Jeudy’s attorney, veteran Denver-based lawyer Harvey Steinberg, who has represented multiple NFL players, including Elvis Dumervil and Brian Cushing, told reporters it was unfortunate that his client had to spend a night in jail.
“Hopefully, people will understand that bad things happen to good people,” Steinberg said.
“There was no physical contact between Mr. Jeudy and the female party,” Brown said during a press conference. “It solely involved property.”
Brown added that the woman was attempting to leave the home and wanted her property returned. Jeudy was cooperative with deputies who arrested him, according to Brown.
“A person commits the crime of second-degree criminal tampering if he tampers with property of another with intent to cause injury, inconvenience, or annoyance to that person or to another or if he knowingly makes an unauthorized connection with property of a utility,” per Colorado case law. “Second-degree criminal tampering is a Class 2 misdemeanor.”
If convicted of a Class 2 misdemeanor, it can result in a sentence of up to 120 days in jail and or up to $750 in fines.”
“He’s innocent until proven guilty,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement on social media.
The Broncos are aware of the situation and will have no further comment at this time.
Jeudy has played in the NFL for two seasons, catching 38 passes for 468 yards and zero touchdowns last season. As a rookie, he caught 52 passes for 856 yards and three touchdowns. In his two NFL seasons, he has 90 receptions for 1,323 yards and three scores.
Jeudy is a former Broncos’ first-round draft pick from Alabama, where he won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top wide receiver. Selected 15th overall in 2020, the native of Deerfield Beach, Florida, is a former blue-chip recruit who was a consensus All-American for the Crimson Tide. He had 1,315 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns as a sophomore.
Jeudy declared early for the draft following his junior season after catching 77 passes for 1,163 yards and 10 touchdowns. He finished his collegiate career with 159 receptions for 2,742 yards and 26 touchdowns.