Newly-acquired Denver Broncos safety T.J. Ward appeared in court on Friday, faced with charges of misdemeanor assault and disturbing the peace. An an arrest warrant was erroneously issued for Ward on Thursday, which was vacated upon his appearance.
The charges stem from an incident at PT’s All-Nude gentleman’s club during the early morning hours of May 10. Ward and his entourage (which reportedly included teammate Terrance Knighton and former Bronco Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie) are alleged to have approached the bar, with Ward seeking to exchange $200 for smaller bills. Ward was holding a glass bottle at the time, and was asked to either throw it away or put it in his car by the bartender.
Ward is said to have returned 10 minutes later with a non-alcoholic drink, asking for a cup of ice. Upon receiving the ice, he reportedly poured liquid from the aforementioned bottle into the glass. The bartender then took his drink and poured it out. As she turned to help another customer, the bartender alleges that Ward threw a drink at her, striking her in the wrist.
Ward’s agent Josh Arnold released a statement on the matter.
He was never arrested, there will be no booking and the warrant that was erroneously issued has been canceled. At this point he has been issued a simple ticket/citation. T.J. would like to thank all of his supporters, and he's looking forward to continuing a productive offseason as he prepares for his first year as a Denver Bronco.
Ward's next court appearance is scheduled for June 23. According to the Denver Post, Ward is unlikely to be suspended for the incident, but could be fined by the league. After making his first Pro Bowl last season, Ward signed a four-year $27 million with the Broncos in March.