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