Denver Broncos wide receiver Cody Latimer was shown being pepper-sprayed by a bouncer at the Diamonds Cabaret strip club near Dayton in late February after a fight outside the club, TMZ Sports reported Sunday morning.
The dispute was reportedly over the dress code. Per TMZ's report:
"Things escalate when Latimer slaps the bouncer, who then sprays C.L. with pepper spray. Latimer's uncle then lunges at the bouncer and is knocked out. We're told Latimer's group left immediately after the fight and cops were never called to the scene. Law enforcement sources tell us there's no pending criminal investigation."
“It was initially a disagreement between (uncle and bouncer) and I was trying to break it up.," Latimer said, per Mike Klis of 9News. "There’s not much to say about it. There weren’t any cops called. I didn't want trouble so we got out. It happened 6 months ago.''
Latimer also released a full statement on Twitter:
"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 provided by Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post.
Latimer told TMZ Sports he was attempting to de-escalate the situation, and early in the video he can be seen with his arms out, separating his uncle from the bouncers. After one bouncer repeatedly swatted Latimer's arm off his shoulder, however, Latimer can be seen slapping him in the face.
Punches were then thrown, and a bouncer pulled out pepper spray.
Latimer, 24 has spent his first three NFL seasons with the Denver Broncos, recording 16 receptions for 158 yards and a touchdown. The 2014 second-round pick out of Indiana has largely been a special teams contributor and has remained the fourth or fifth option on the team's depth chart at wide receiver.