Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy was arrested in Arapahoe County, Colorado, on Thursday, May 12, as first reported by Ryan O’Halloran of The Denver Post. He was taken into police custody between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., per O’Halloran.
The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office released an update on the charges around 2:30 p.m. local time. According to police, Jeudy is being held on charges of second-degree criminal tampering with a domestic violence enhancer (misdemeanor) and is “innocent until proven guilty.”
According to Mike Klis of 9News, the Broncos issued a statement saying, “We are aware of the matter involving Jerry Jeudy and are in the process of gathering more information.”
9News later reported that Jeudy “admitted to investigators that he locked his child’s mother’s wallet and baby formula in his car because she took one of his phones,” according to court documents obtained by the outlet.
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Jeudy Was a Popular Breakout Candidate
Jeudy was selected by the Broncos with the 15th overall pick in the 2020 NFL draft. He was the second wide receiver selected in a draft class that saw six wide receivers go in the first round (Jeudy, Henry Ruggs III, CeeDee Lamb, Jalen Reagor, Justin Jefferson and Brandon Aiyuk).
In 2021, Jeudy played in only 10 games, recording 38 receptions for 467 yards. Although his numbers were not eye-popping, Jeudy raised his efficiency in his second year. His catch percentage rose by 21.9%, and his drop percentage declined from 8.8% to 1.8%.
Following the addition of QB Russell Wilson, Jeudy was a popular breakout candidate. ESPN’s Jeff Legwold picked Jeudy as the team’s top fantasy football sleeper this season.
“Last summer, his coaches and teammates swooned over his work in training camp, but then he suffered an ankle injury in the season opener that kept him out of the next six games and he caught four or fewer passes in six of the nine games he played the rest of the way, and finished without a touchdown catch,” Legwold wrote.
“Now Russell Wilson is his quarterback and even in the team’s early workouts, Wilson has made it clear he has plans for Jeudy in the team’s offense. Jeudy’s ability to create separation at the top his routes has never been in question and a quarterback who can consistently get him the ball, on time, should fuel plenty of improvement in his production.”
Jeudy Is Excited to Play With Wilson
On May 4, Jeudy told reporters at a team press conference about playing with Wilson.
“He can help me a lot. He’s a great quarterback, [a] Hall of Fame quarterback that came into the offense as a leader and [got] me better as well. He’s going to help me a lot this year.”
Jeudy also spoke highly of Wilson’s energy.
“Always uplifting guys, always motivating guys to go out there and just keep working hard. Even those off days, you don’t feel like working or [doing] anything, he’s the guy that comes up there and gets your mind right. That’s a great guy to be around.”