A son of Pat Bowlen (above), who gave up control of the Denver Broncos last July as he battles Alzheimer’s disease, was busted for domestic violence on Wednesday.
John Bowlen, the embattled son of Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, proclaimed to authorities that he was the “blood of the city” and “a friend of the mayor” in the 911 call placed before his domestic violence arrest on Wednesday, according to TMZ.
“As the blood of the city, I’m telling you nothing is wrong,” said Bowlen in the bizarre call recording recently obtained by TMZ sports. The call was initially placed by his girlfriend, but was cut off amidst screams before the operator called back and Bowlen answered.
“I’m a man of the city,” he added. “A friend of the mayor. And everybody knows exactly who I am. I’m going through a lot.”
Police arrived at the scene shortly thereafter and arrested Bowlen on domestic violence charges. He was held overnight in Arapahoe County jail, the Denver Post reported, before being released on Thursday.
Bowlen, 29, was held on suspicion of third-degree assault, harrassment and two Class 3 misdemeanors, the newspaper reported.
The arrest is another in a long line of recent woes for the Broncos, who suffered a Divisional Round exit out of the playoffs in January after their long-time owner, Pat Bowlen, was forced to step down last July due to his battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
John is considered a potential candidate to eventually take over the team in his father’s absence. The Broncos announced last July that the ownership of the franchise is being held in a trust. Bowlen, 71, set up the trust more than a decade ago with the hope that one of his seven kids would eventually emerge to run the team.
The Broncos placed Bowlen on an indefinite leave of absence Thursday morning. He is the coordinator of corporate partnerships for the Broncos.
“We are disappointed to learn of the matter involving John Bowlen,” the team said in a statement on Thursday. “While this is a personal issue, he is accountable to all club and league conduct policies. As such, John will be placed on indefinite leave of absence from the organization.”
Bowlen’s troubles might not end there. As a minority stake owner of the team, he could also be subject to punishment under the NFL’s personal conduct policy,
The NFL has yet to comment on the incident, but is reportedly reviewing the case.
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