John Elway, professional football hall-of-famer and current General Manager of the Denver Broncos had to see his 24-year-old son get arrested early Saturday morning after he allegedly pushed a woman out of a moving vehicle. According to the Denver Police Department, the alleged incident took place at 1:30 a.m. at a busy intersection near Auraria Higher Education Center in Denver, Colorado. The two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback’s son, who goes by “Jack” Elway, will face charges of assault and disturbing the peace, and is set to appear in court on June 5th.
The incident took place Friday night near Auraria Campus in downtown Denver, and was reported by the victim. The alleged victim, a 23-year-old woman, contacted the Auraria Campus Police following the incident and directed them to an address listed to Jack’s father, John Elway. The police showed up to John Elway’s suburban home in Cherry Hills Village around 3:00 a.m. on Saturday and took Jack into custody.
According to the Denver County Courtroom Calendar, Jack Elway was released after a bond of $600 was posted and is set to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. this coming Thursday. The court document specified that there were two violations facing the 24-year-old Elway, 38-89(a) and 38-93. The first describes that it is unlawful to disturb the peace by “violent, tumultuous” conduct. As per Flores v. Denver, there must be “specific proof” that someone was disturbed by “the actions of a person charged with a violation.”
The second violation is subsumed under assault and states that it is unlawful for a person to “intentionally or recklessly assault” or “inflict violence” on another individual. According to reports, the extent of the alleged victim’s injuries is unknown, however it was noted that there were “no visible injuries.” The court document also indicated that a protective order had been issued. Local news outlets in Denver verified that the protective order was issued on behalf of the alleged victim who accused Elway of pushing her out of a moving vehicle.
The court document showed that Jack Elway was arraigned at 11:45 a.m. and pled not guilty to the charges. Reports have been unclear as to how long Elway was in jail, however the official document states that he was jailed at 5:58 a.m. The bond was set at 11:45 a.m., the same time the protection order was issued. Based on the available information, it would appear that the accused 24-year-old spent around five or six hours in jail.
Jack does not have any history of legal issues, however in light of the status of the young man’s father, John Elway, the incident has received much attention. The Broncos’ executive director of media relations, Patrick Smyth, acknowledged the incident in a statement, but labeled it a “personal family matter,” thereby distancing the professional team from the issue. Regardless, the alleged victim’s report remains unsettling, and the public will have to wait for an official statement to be released on behalf of Jack Elway. As of now, the family’s attorney, Harvey Steinberg, has declined to comment on the incident.
By Courtney Anderson