John Boyett Arrested: Latest Details, Comments and More

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistOctober 23, 2014

Denver Broncos' John Boyett takes to the field during the first day of NFL football training camp on Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
JACK DEMPSEY/Associated Press

Denver Broncos practice squad safety John Boyett was arrested on a misdemeanor assault charge Wednesday, Greenwood Village Police confirmed to Mike Klis of The Denver Post.

Latest Update from Friday, Oct. 24

Jesse Paul of the Denver Post has more details of Boyett's arrest:

John Boyett, now a former member of the Broncos' practice squad, was arrested early Wednesday in Greenwood Village after police say he drunkenly head-butted and punched a cab driver, stole a shovel from a construction site then tried to hide from officers by covering himself in mulch, court records show.

Boyett, 24, told arresting officers to "contact his boss John Elway" before repeatedly slamming his head into a patrol car window while yelling and spitting, records say.

Boyett didn't stop there, according to Paul:

Before his arrest, Boyett had been drinking at the Sports Book Bar & Grill, where a bartender and patrons said he was highly intoxicated and making threats, police say.

Police said Boyett tried to take food off another patron's plate and was asked to leave when he became agitated, threatening to punch a bartender and refusing to pay his tab.

Two police officers responded and called Boyett a cab. About five minutes later, the driver called authorities to report he had been assaulted by Boyett on the 9700 block of East Arapahoe Road, records say.

Responding officers and Arapahoe County Sheriff's deputies confronted Boyett and took him into custody after "giving Boyett commands and having Tasers pointed at him until he complied."


Original Article from Wednesday, Oct. 22

Boyett, 24, has been a member of the Broncos practice squad since November 2013. A sixth-round pick by the Indianapolis Colts in 2013, Boyett is yet to make a regular-season appearance on the active roster. He was among Denver's final cuts this preseason.

"We are disappointed to learn of the matter involving John Boyett and are in the process of gathering more information," a Broncos spokesperson told Klis.

The Colts released the former Oregon star last September after he was arrested and charged with disorderly public intoxication and resisting law enforcement following an altercation with police outside an Indianapolis bar.

Details on Boyett's latest off-the-field troubles are scant. Klis noted that he was given a third-degree assault charge but had no information on what caused the incident. In Colorado, a third-degree assault charge is the least severe and is defined by a person "'knowingly' or 'recklessly' causing bodily injury to another person," according to The Law Office of Kevin R. Churchill's website.

The maximum penalty for third-degree assault is a two-year jail sentence, though first-time offenders are typically given lighter sentences.

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Boyett has made no comment on his arrest at this time. 

Update from Thursday, Oct. 23

One day after John Boyett was arrested for assault, the Broncos have released the safety according to Mike Klis of The Denver Post:

Mike Klis @MikeKlis

Broncos have released safety John Boyett from practice squad following his arrest on Tuesday night-Wednesday morning.

Klis also provided an additional detail from the scene when Boyett was arrested:

Mike Klis @MikeKlis

Police were unable to read John Boyett his rights because he kept telling arresting officer to "contact his boss, John Elway." Not anymore.

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