In the wake of Elvis Dumervil's Miami bust over the weekend, the Denver Post noted that the Broncos are third in the NFL since 2000 (behind only Minnesota and Cincinnati) in an extremely dubious category: most arrests. The paper's source: an amazing database created by the San Diego Union-Tribune, which counts 34 booked Broncos in the past twelve years. See photos and info about all of them below.
As you'll see, some players past and present did more than their share to contribute to the total, by getting arrested multiple times. (Bet you can guess who sets the high mark.) And while plenty of them will be familiar only to Broncos fans with the longest memories, others are hardly obscure -- including the iconic player who kicked off the list in January 2000.
Equally interesting are the number of cases that were eventually dropped -- developments sure to raise questions about the interaction of fame, money, access to high-rent legal resources and justice.
The specifics about each incident come courtesy of the Union-Tribune's database, which is a fascinating resource and well worth visiting for those intrigued by the dark side of America's real national pastime.
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Elvis Dumervil Linebacker 7/14/12 Arrested for suspicion of aggravated assault after a road rage incident in Miami. Knowshon Moreno Running back 2/1/12 Arrested on suspicion of DUI, pulled over for driving 70 mph in 45-mph zone. Ryan McBean Defensive tackle 10/14/11 Arrested on allegation of stalking in Denver. 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. Laurence Maroney Running back 1/17/11 Arrested after police found guns and drugs in car with four other men in St. Louis. Page down to continue counting down the 34 Denver Broncos arrested since 2000. 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. Perrish Cox Cornerback 12/9/10 Arrested, charged with sexual assault stemming from incident on Oct. 28. Additional note: Acquitted. D.J. Williams Linebacker 11/12/10 Arrested on suspicion of DUI after being pulled over at about 2:40 a.m. Elvis Dumervil Linebacker 10/24.10 Cited for assault in alleged incident with parking attendant after game at Invesco Field. Ronald Fields Defensive tackle 5/8/10 Arrested in Houston on misdemeanor gun charge after allegedly taking gun into nightclub. Page down to continue counting down the 34 Denver Broncos arrested since 2000. 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. Brandon Marshall Wide receiver 3/1/09 Arrested in Atlanta on disorderly conduct charge after fight with fiance, spent five hours in jail. Additional note: Charge dismissed. 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. Marcus Thomas Defensive tackle 3/1/08 Arrested in Florida after police found cocaine and a gun in his truck. Additional note: Dropped 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. Page down to continue counting down the 34 Denver Broncos arrested since 2000. 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. 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 Darrell Hackney Quarterback 12/1/07 Arrested on suspicion of DUI at 2:20 a.m. 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. 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. Page down to continue counting down the 34 Denver Broncos arrested since 2000. Brandon Marshall Wide receiver 3/26/07 Arrested on charges of false imprisonment, domestic violence. Additional note: Dropped 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 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. 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. 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. Page down to continue counting down the 34 Denver Broncos arrested since 2000. 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. Sam Brandon Safety 6/2/04 Arrested, charged in domestic violence incident, misdemeanor criminal mischief, child abuse. Additional note: Dropped. 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. John Mobley Linebacker 12/28/02 Arrested for DUI in Parker, Colo. Additional note: Sentenced to seven days in jail. 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. Page down to continue counting down the 34 Denver Broncos arrested since 2000. Dwayne Carswell Tight end 3/2/01 Charged with third-degree assault and domestic violence in Pueblo, Colo. Additional note: Dropped. 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. Bill Romanowski Linebacker 8/9/00 Indicted on four felony charges of fraudulently obtaining prescription diet drugs. Additional note: Acquitted. 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.
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