The NFL announced that Safety Sam Brandon will be suspended for the first two games of the 2007 season for violating the League's personal condict policy.
The suspension is expected to be served the first two games of this season, at Buffalo on Sept. 9 and at home against Oakland on Sept. 16.
The suspension stems from a domestic violence arrest. Brandon's attorney Harvey Steinberg said he is appealing the suspension. The Broncos and Brandon were unavailable for comment.
Brandon was arrested in June 2004 and July 2005 on domestic violence charges in Douglas County. Misdemeanor charges stemming from the earlier incident were dismissed.
While the Broncos are, for the most part, an organization that steers clear of off the field problems, one cannot ignore that incidents that have taken place this off-season. Darrent Williams murdered, alledgedly by gang-bangers, David Kircus playing Chuck Norris on someone's face, Brandon Marshall blocking a woman's taxi from leaving his house, what Coloradans call "kidnapping", and now this. Sure, the incidents took place years ago but the NFL will not tolerate ingorant behavior and getting busted for domestic violence is ignorant.
The Broncos, who I feel are already a bit thin at safety, will need to rely on guys like Hamza Abdullah and Curome Cox even more, lest we forget our friend Greg Wesley, whose name just may re-surface as we head towards Training Camp.
Speaking of Kircus, a judge in Centennial, CO., ruled that there was probable cause to go to trial in a case involving WR David Kircus, his fist, and another man's shattered face.
The man, 26-year old Jeff Krieger, testified that he never saw the punch that blew up his face in the early morning hours of May 20th. "It was just a pop and flash and then I realized I was on the ground on my hands and knees," Krieger said during Kircus' preliminary hearing.
Kircus has said he was acting in self-defense.
Krieger testified that Kircus showed up at his house early May 20, after he had been talking to Leslie Schote, one of several women Krieger was partying with that night to celebrate his girlfriend's birthday.
After Schote got upset with Kircus, Krieger said he tried to get the player to leave peacefully. After trying several times, he escorted Kircus out of his home through the garage.
Krieger testified that as the two walked, Kircus said, "Once we get to the end of the driveway, you're not protected anymore."
Krieger said after the punch, Kircus stood over him and said, "You don't know what I am capable of."
Krieger had multiple fractures in his face.
I have made it known that I don't think Kircus makes the team, lie-detector test results aside. This is just the sort of publicity this team DOES NOT need, and while I believe completely in our judicial system, plpaying in the NFL is a PRIVILEGE, not a right, and if Kircus wants to be at parties at 4:00 AM, and get into fights, even if acting in self-defense, he should try MMA, or boxing, and quit wasting our time.
Hopefully there won't be any more Police Blotter stories involving the Broncos and we can focus on winning a Super Bowl. We can only hope....