Good Morning, Broncos fans! According to KDVR, the incident which resulted in star defensive end Elvis Dumervil's Saturday arrest in Miami was a heated argument.
Over a freaking parking spot.
Here's what KDVR is reporting:
A police report detailing the incident and Dumervil’s arrest won’t be available until Monday, but initial reports suggest an argument about a parking spot between Dumervil and another individual escalated to the point that Dumervil may face a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Obviously, we can only hope no charges will ultimately be filed, as Dumervil's agent suggests. But even if that's the outcome, there's always a chance the Ginger Hammer views this as a second transgression by Elvis and suspends him for a game or so. And the likelihood of Appeals Court Judge Goodell potentially overturning a potential ruling by Judge Goodell is rather slim, if we get to that point.
Update 9:20am ET: Vic Lombardi tweeted the following early this morning:
Some clarity in the Dumervil case. The dispute wasn't over parking spot. The car carrying Elvis cut off by another car. Other driver female. Also male passenger in other car involved in the ruckus. No charges were filed. Elvis attorney expects full exoneration. Plenty more details when the police report is released tomorrow. If it's released.
I'm not an attorney¹, and we obviously don't know the circumstances here, but this case appears to have the potential to be very tricky for the Miami police and State's Attorney's office. Typically, when some black guy is involved in an altercation, the cops will throw him in jail, and the prosecutor will overcharge the case.
What I mean by that is for someone like me - as a middle-class white guy who can afford a competent attorney - the charge might be disorderly conduct from the start, I pay a little fine and take anger management, and the misdemeanor falls off my record.
Broncos' Elvis Dumervil in Miami arrested on felony weapons charge
Broncos star defensive end Elvis Dumervil was arrested in Miami and charged with aggravated assault with a firearm, according to court records in Miami-Dade County. The charge is a third-degree felony.
KCNC, CBS’s Denver affiliate, first reported the arrest, and the station reports that Dumervil was arrested Saturday night. The station reported Dumervil was held on $7,500 bail. Dumervil was released from the Dade County jail on Saturday, according to jail records. Details of what led to the arrest are not yet available, and calls to the Dade County sheriff’s offense have not been returned.
UPDATE: According to ESPN, Dumervil's lawyer, Harvey Steinberg, refutes this account:
No charges have been filed. No aggravated assault or assault took place. And it is likely that once the full investigation is complete, no charges will be filed against Mr. Dumervil.
Until all the facts are in, it's difficult to intelligently comment on this story. It's unlikely Dumervil sees any jail time regardless of the outcome, but let's just get it out of the way: this is probably going to cost Mr. Dumervil (and the Denver Broncos) on the football side. Roger Goodell had this report at 3:05 a.m. Dumervil was released at 3:00 a.m.
In case you were wondering, here's the legal definition of aggravated assault in the State of Florida:
An "assault" is an intentional, unlawful threat by word or act to do violence to the person of another, coupled with an apparent ability to do so, and doing some act which creates a well-founded fear in such other person that such violence is imminent. An "aggravated assault" is an assault: (a) With a deadly weapon without intent to kill; or (b) With an intent to commit a felony...
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Still reporting from the 17th annual Manning Passing Academy, Mike Klis details some of the family dynamics between father Archie and his three sons Cooper, Peyton, and Eli. The four are sharing a hotel suite throughout the camp; Eli calls Peyton his best friend and says he appreciates having a brother he can turn to for advice to help him in his own career.
Klis, who had told PFT that Peyton was throwing at 85-90% a couple weeks ago, today says that "based on zip, length and accuracy, Peyton Manning can’t throw the ball any better than he did here Saturday night," for whatever that's worth.
In the bottle D.J. did piss,
but twice there was something amiss.
Non-human they said,
so he hit the head
and the third the Greek could assist.
Good Morning, Broncos fans! Andrew Brandt shares all the details on the Drew Brees contract, which is essentially a three-year, $61M deal.
As for talk of Brees being "greedy," why shouldn't he be the highest-paid player? After all, he was a free agent and is younger and healthier than Peyton.
His legal battle over the franchise tag was about much more than Drew Brees - it was an issue for all tagged players, and an important victory for the players and the concept of free agency.
Because, think about it - was Brees free this offseason to go wherever he wanted? No, he wasn't.
Granted, it's players like Drew Brees for whom the franchise tag system was first created, and the whole point is about teams getting to hang onto their iconic stars. And, it's only right that he got paid the going rate for an elite, all-time great QB still in his prime. We're not going to say the players "knew the risks" of playing the violent sport and then criticize them for seeking big bucks, right? Because wouldn't that be ridiculous?
Brees deal sets new bars for average, guarantee
The whopping $60 million in guaranteed money includes $40 million fully guaranteed, and $20 million in guarantees presumably based only on injury until 2013, a function of the NFL’s outdated and unrealistic “funding” rule, which requires a team to put in escrow now any fully guaranteed money due in the future.
To review, only the $18M 2012 salary of Peyton's five-year, $96M deal in Denver is fully guaranteed. If he's on the roster on the last day of the 2012 league year, his $20M salaries in 2013 and 2014 will be guaranteed, with the team holding an out for the 2014 salary in the event of a reinjury to Peyton's neck.
Essentially, barring another neck injury, Manning is guaranteed $58M in his deal over three years, while Brees is due $60M in guarantees over three years, also barring injury. In terms of average annual value, Brees's $20M comes in just ahead of Manning's $19.2M/year.
Happy Friday, friends. We’ve gotten to Part 4 of the series about the Bartlett Defense, and unfortunately, I find myself a little handicapped. The computer that can do my nice play graphics is still on a truck somewhere, so you’ll just have to roll with me as I do the best I can in that department.
Today, we come to concepts and rules for run defense. If you’re just joining us, or want to refresh your memory, please see the following links:
Let’s start by leveraging some knowledge that most of us have about gaps and defensive line techniques. There are some naming methodologies for this that are slightly different, and in fact, mine and TJ’s differ. No way is wrong, but since I think the world revolves around me, we’re going to use mine. Peep this graphic that I’ve used in the past:
Happy Friday the 13th, Broncos fans!? Congratulations go out to Matt Russell, Denver's director of player personnel and the closest thing to a GM at Dove Valley, who has been elected to the CU Buffs Hall of Fame.
During his playing career at Colorado, Russell was a first-team All-American and won the Butkus Award, which is given annually to the nation's top linebacker.
Also to be inducted in November is Larry Zimmer, the longtime voice of the Buffs and former longtime Broncos radio man.
Having grown up pre-internet, pre-DirecTV, and far away from Denver, Zimmer was one of my few connections to what was actually going on out at Mile High and elsewhere. Sundays for me involved listening to WFAN's Ed Coleman and his NFL in Action show, waiting for the occasional phoned-in updates from in-stadium reporters like Lee Frankel (sp?) detailing the latest exploits of Elway, the Amigos, Sharpe, Mecklenburg, Atwater, Smith, Gaston Green, and even Rod Bernstine.
Good Afternoon, Broncos fans. It's been a very busy day, so instead of just waiting until tomorrow morning, let's get up to date on what's been happening.
Former FBI boss Louis Freeh concluded his investigation of Penn State today by releasing a lengthy report on his firm's findings. It was, of course, to be expected that there would be plenty of blame to go around. And as anticipated, most of it lands at the feet of the school's top administrators and the late Joe Paterno, for their stunning inaction when presented with child sexual abuse accusations against Jerry Sandusky.
But the new details paint a story that's even worse than we previously knew, as if that was possible after the harrowing court trial.