La­timer pep­per-sprayed dur­ing Fe­bru­ary in­ci­dent at strip club near Day­ton, Ohio

The Denver Post - - OFF & RUNNING - By Nicki Jhab­vala Nicki Jhab­vala: njhab­vala@den­ver­ or @Nick­iJhab­vala

Bron­cos wide re­ceiver Cody La­timer was pep­per­sprayed by a bouncer af­ter a scuf­fle out­side an Ohio strip club in Fe­bru­ary, ac­cord­ing to video pub­lished by TMZ on Sun­day.

Ac­cord­ing to TMZ, La­timer was at­tempt­ing to en­ter Di­a­monds Cabaret near Day­ton, Ohio, with his un­cle and friend but got into a dis­agree­ment with the bouncer over the club’s dress code.

The ar­gu­ment moved out­side, as seen in the video, af­ter La­timer’s group asked to speak to the club’s man­ager.

The footage shows La­timer slap­ping the bouncer be­fore get­ting pep­per-sprayed, and then La­timer’s un­cle get­ting knocked out.

TMZ re­ported that La­timer, his un­cle and friend left im­me­di­ately. La­timer wasn’t ar­rested or charged.

“We are aware of the mat­ter from sev­eral months ago in­volv­ing Cody La­timer and it has been dis­cussed with him,” the Bron­cos said in a state­ment.

It’s un­clear when the Bron­cos found out about the in­ci­dent, but they in­formed the NFL, which told The Den­ver Post that it is aware of the mat­ter but de­clined to com­ment. The league is ex­pected to review La­timer’s case for a pos­si­ble vi­o­la­tion of its per­sonal-con­duct pol­icy.

In a Twit­ter mes­sage posted Sun­day af­ter­noon, La­timer said he has “grown so much since Feb. 20” and that “this sit­u­a­tion is in the past.”

“It’s un­for­tu­nate that some­thing from six months ago that didn’t re­sult in any­thing all of (a) sud­den be­comes a big story. But I get the world we live in and all the at­ten­tion we have on us,” said La­timer, who is en­ter­ing the fi­nal sea­son of his rookie con­tract. “I’ve talked to Coach (Vance) 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.”

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