Less than a year after Denver Broncos receiver Cody Latimer was busted following an incident during which he said his girlfriend assaulted him, footage has surfaced of him getting into an altercation with employees at a strip club; Latimer was pepper sprayed and his uncle wound up up flat on his back after getting punched by an employee at the nightspot. Because Latimer wasn't taken into custody this time around, he won't add to the list of Broncos arrests since the year 2000, which currently stands at 42; get the details below. But the latest embarrassment definitely calls his future with the squad into doubt.
On May 30, 2016, as we've reported, the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office was called to the residence Latimer shared with Jaimee Rando, his girlfriend and the mother of his child, at around 2:40 p.m. Latimer told authorities that Rando had "put her hands on him."
Rando was promptly booked on suspicion of assault and disturbing the peace. But Latimer was also taken away, because of an active warrant in his name. In March 2015, he got a ticket for improper lighting on his vehicle/trailer, then skipped a court appearance slated for the following month.
Hence the warrant, which Latimer handled the next day by paying a fine of just over $311.
Cut to this past February 20, when Latimer and his uncle were refused entry into the Diamond Caberet — not the iconic Denver strip club, but a sister venue in Dayton, Ohio. Given that the business specializes in nudity, it's amusing that the beef with Latimer was apparently over the joint's dress code. But what followed wasn't funny. In footage just released by TMZ (it's on view below), Latimer can be seen giving a club bouncer a mild slap — and is pepper-sprayed in response. His uncle then goes after the bouncer, who lays the older man out with a single punch.
I've been through so many positive life changes and have grown so much since February 20, and this situation is in the past.
It's unfortunate that something from six months ago that didn't result in anything all of this sudden [sic] becomes a big story. But I get the world we live in and all the attention we have on us.
I've talked to Coach Joseph and the Broncos, have been very upfront and explained everything. Although I was just trying to settle things down, I know I have to be careful of the situations I put myself in because I expect a lot of myself.
I've been grinding and focused on football this entire offseason, have given my life to Jesus and I'm on a really positive path. I'm heading to church with my family now to continue my journey while getting ready for camp and a great season.
It's Year 4 and it's time to eat.
This last reference is key. Latimer was selected in the second round of the 2014 draft with the expectation that he would quickly become a major contributor to the team. However, he underperformed during his first three years in the league and is on the cusp of being branded a bust. Trouble off the field will hardly give the Broncos incentive to keep giving him additional chances to prove otherwise.
Does that mean Latimer's stint with the Broncos is done? Not necessarily. Over the years, we've reported on at least three Broncos who've been linked to trouble at strip clubs without having their careers derailed. In 2001, new Hall of Famer Terrell Davis was named but never charged in a federal prostitution case against an Atlanta strip club, a place where famous athletes were said to have gotten down and dirty with employees. More recently, in 2014, safety T.J. Ward was accused of throwing a glass at a female bartender during a visit to PT's Showclub; he was subsequently entered into a diversion program and served four hours of community service. And last year, cornerback Aqib Talib accidentally shot himself after a trip to a Dallas strip club but was too drunk to remember the details. Talib wasn't arrested, but he did earn a one-game suspension from the NFL for his actions.
Of course, the difference between Latimer and Davis, Ward and Talib is that Latimer is a borderline player, while the others were somewhere between very good and great — and management knew they were worth the hassle. Whether Latimer can prove the same is very much an open question at this point.
As for Latimer's earlier arrest, it's on a roster of busted Broncos accessible on the NFL arrest database maintained by USA Today, the media outlet that's taken over this tracking duty from the San Diego Union-Tribune, which originally created the online resource. We've drawn from both sources to update our most recent list, originally published at the time of Ward's bust. Note that some players appear more than once, thanks to multiple arrests.
Continue to get details of the 42 arrests involving Denver Broncos since 2000 — Latimer included — and see the video of his February incident at an Ohio strip club.
Former Denver Broncos receiver Rod Smith.
Number 1: Rod Smith Wide receiver 1/24/00 Arrested on misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault and harassment for allegedly choking and hitting the mother of his two children at the couple's home in Parker, Colo. Additional note: Pleaded guilty to verbal harassment, $25,000 conditional NFL fine, group therapy.
Number 2: Bill Romanowski Linebacker 8/9/00 Indicted on four felony charges of fraudulently obtaining prescription diet drugs. Additional note: Acquitted.
Number 3: Brian Griese Quarterback 10/28/00 Arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in south Denver. Additional note: Pleaded guilty to driving while impaired, one year probation, $418 fines and costs.
Number 4: Dwayne Carswell Tight end 3/2/01 Charged with third-degree assault and domestic violence in Pueblo, Colo. Additional note: Dropped.
Number 5: Eddie Kennison Wide receiver 9/2/01 Arrested and charged with three misdemeanors after an argument with a bouncer outside a Louisiana nightclub. Additional note: Dropped.
Number 6: John Mobley Linebacker 12/28/02 Arrested for DUI in Parker, Colo. Additional note: Sentenced to seven days in jail. Continue for more about 37 Broncos arrests since 2000 — a roster about to be joined by T.J. Ward.
Number 7: Dwayne Carswell Tight end 7/4/03 Arrested in Atlanta and charged with simple battery, domestic violence and obstruction of an officer after a fight with his girlfriend. Additional note: Guilty, suspended one game.
Number 8: Sam Brandon Safety 6/2/04 Arrested, charged in domestic violence incident, misdemeanor criminal mischief, child abuse. Additional note: Dropped.
Number 9: Willie Middlebrooks Cornerback 1/1/05 Arrested on suspicion of third-degree assault, domestic violence and harassment of his girlfriend early New Year's Day. Additional note: Pleaded guilty, 36 weeks domestic violence class, 18-month deferred sentence.
Number 10: Sam Brandon Safety 7/4/05 Arrested, charged in domestic violence incident, misdemeanor third-degree assault, criminal mischief. Additional note: Suspended by NFL for two games in 2007.
Onetime Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams.
Number 11: D.J. Williams Linebacker 9/23/05 Arrested, charged with DUI. Additional note: Pleaded guilty to driving while impaired, 24 hours community service, one year probation.
Number 12: Karl Paymah Cornerback 5/26/06 Officers found him unconscious in SUV, with vehicle running and in gear. Additional note: Convicted of DUI and careless driving on July 16, 2008. Continue for more about 37 Broncos arrests since 2000 — a roster about to be joined by T.J. Ward.
Number 13: Sam Brandon Safety 9/27/06 Turned himself in on arrest warrant for violating a restraining order. Additional note: Suspended by NFL for two games in 2007, stemming from previous arrest
Number 14: Brandon Marshall Wide receiver 3/26/07 Arrested on charges of false imprisonment, domestic violence. Additional note: Dropped
Number 15: David Kircus Wide receiver 5/20/07 Charged with felony assault after alleged fistfight at party. The other man in the fight was hospitalized with broken bones in his face.
Number 16: Brandon Marshall Wide receiver 10/22/07 Arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in Denver. Additional note: Pleaded to reduced charge of driving while impaired, sentenced to a year of probation.
Number 17: Darrell Hackney Quarterback 12/1/07 Arrested on suspicion of DUI at 2:20 a.m.
Number 18: Todd Sauerbrun Punter 12/8/07 Cited for simple assault after alleged altercation with cab driver. He then was transported to local detox facility. Additional note: Pleaded guilty to disturbing the peace, 24 hours community service. Continue for more about 37 Broncos arrests since 2000 — a roster about to be joined by T.J. Ward.
Number 19: Daniel Graham Tight end 1/11/08 Arrested on suspicion of criminal mischief and harassment of former girlfriend after argument about sale of their home. Additional note: Dropped the next week.
Number 20: Andre Hall Running back 2/19/08 Turned himself in and was booked into jail after arrest warrant was issued in Florida for failing to appear in court Feb. 5. The court appearance was for a charge of driving with a suspended or revoked license after traffic stop Jan. 11. Additional note: Paid $513 bond.
Number 21: Marcus Thomas Defensive tackle 3/1/08 Arrested in Florida after police found cocaine and a gun in his truck. Additional note: Dropped.
A mug shot of Brandon Marshall, who makes numerous appearances on this list.
Denver Police Department
Number 22: Brandon Marshall Wide receiver 3/6/08 Arrested in Atlanta after his longtime girlfriend claimed in an affidavit that Marshall hit her in the mouth and left eye March 4. Additional note: NFL suspended him one game after this, his third arrest in a year. Acquitted.
Number 23: Brandon Marshall Wide receiver 3/1/09 Arrested in Atlanta on disorderly conduct charge after fight with fiancee, spent five hours in jail. Additional note: Charge dismissed.
Number 24: Richard Quinn Tight end 9/7/09 Arrested on domestic violence and harassment charges after woman said he grabbed and shook her during an argument and grabbed the phone from her while she tried to call 911. Continue for more about 37 Broncos arrests since 2000 — a roster about to be joined by T.J. Ward.
Number 25: Ronald Fields Defensive tackle 5/8/10 Arrested in Houston on misdemeanor gun charge after allegedly taking gun into nightclub.
Number 26: Elvis Dumervil Linebacker 10/24.10 Cited for assault in alleged incident with parking attendant after game at Invesco Field.
Number 27: D.J. Williams Linebacker 11/12/10 Arrested on suspicion of DUI after being pulled over at about 2:40 a.m.
Number 28: Perrish Cox Cornerback 12/9/10 Arrested, charged with sexual assault stemming from incident on Oct. 28. Additional note: Acquitted.
Number 29: Kevin Alexander Linebacker 12/20/10 Arrested on suspicion of assault and battery in domestic incident with girlfriend. Additional note: Team announced he was cut from the team the same day.
Number 30: Laurence Maroney Running back 1/17/11 Arrested after police found guns and drugs in car with four other men in St. Louis. Continue for more about 37 Broncos arrests since 2000 — a roster about to be joined by T.J. Ward.
The booking photo of ex-Broncos kicker Matt Prater.
Number 31: Matt Prater Kicker 8/2/11 Arrested on suspicion of DUI and leaving the scene of an accident after his Chevy Trailblazer backed into an unoccupied car.
Number 32: Ryan McBean Defensive tackle 10/14/11 Arrested on allegation of stalking in Denver.
Number 33: Knowshon Moreno Running back 2/1/12 Arrested on suspicion of DUI, pulled over for driving 70 mph in 45-mph zone.
Number 34: Elvis Dumervil Linebacker 7/14/12 Arrested for suspicion of aggravated assault after a road rage incident in Miami.
Number 35: Quinton Carter Safety 3/9/2013 Arrested in Nevada on felony charges alleging that he cheated at a craps game at the Texas Station casino. Additional note: Case dismissed.
Number 36: Quentin Saulsbury Offensive lineman 5/19/2013 Arrested for DUI and a lane violation in Arapahoe County, Colo.
Number 37: Von Miller Linebacker 8/11/2013 Arrested in a Denver suburb on a warrant because he failed to appear in court on misdemeanor traffic charges.
Number 38: T.J. Ward Safety 5/22/2014 Misdemeanor assault at PT's Showclub. Diversion program, four hours community service.
Number 39: John Boyett Safety 9/2/2013 Arrested after being accused of being drunk, head-butting and hitting a cab driver and trying to hide from police by stealing a shovel and covering himself in mulch. Resolution undetermined. Team cut him the next day.
Number 40: Shiloh Keo Safety 2/13/2016 Accused of drunken driving in Idaho. Pleaded guilty to misdemeanor, one year probation, community service, fined nearly $1,000.
Number 41: Cody Latimer Wide receiver 5/30/2016 Latimer called police and alleged his girlfriend hit him. Police found outstanding traffic warrant from 2015 and arrested him for that. Paid $311 to settle ticket.
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Number 42: Will Parks Safety 3/31/2017 Accused of harassment and non-physical domestic violence in incident involving his former girlfriend. Resolution undetermined.
Here's the video of Cody Latimer's incident at an Ohio strip club earlier this year.