New Denver Broncos safety T.J. Ward has run into some trouble with the law, multiple news outlets reported on Thursday afternoon. Details are still coming in, but we do know an arrest warrant has been issued for Ward.
According to CBS4 in Denver, Ward is wanted for an incident that took place on May 9th. Per the report, the incident is being "categorized both as an assault and disturbing the peace."
The warrant for Ward's arrest became active on Thursday and is likely in connection with a brawl that occurred at a Denver nightclub, according to CBS 4.
Ward signed a four-year, $23 million deal with the Broncos in March. He was expected to be a starter in Denver's secondary this fall.
The Denver Police issued a statement that Ward's incident was a "misdemeanor assault," and the team released a statement that they were aware of the situation and "will continue to review all of the facts."
There have been mixed reports on how big of a deal this arrest warrant is, but one source told CBS 4's Vic Lombardi that Ward did nothing wrong. If that's the case, this situation may blow over quickly.
I've got some sources telling me TJ Ward did absolutely nothing wrong. So we'll see.— Vic Lombardi (@VicLombardi) May 22, 2014
CBS 4's Tim Wieland tweeted that the police station has been working with Ward to turn himself in, so it sounds as if Ward is cooperating.
Ward has been involved in club fights in the past, records show. Besides a few fines for illegal hits, however, Ward has been in good standing with the league's front office since entering the NFL in 2010, receiving no suspensions.
It sounds like Ward was involved in a simple assault. At the end of the day, that likely wouldn't result in a suspension, but that's mere speculation. Stay tuned as we continue to receive information on this developing story.
Update: Ward appeared in court today and was issued a summons, according to USA Today's Tom Pelissero. He will return to court on June 23. This update was posted on 5/23 at 12:15 p.m. MT.
Update II: According to Ward's attorney, the arrest warrant was issued in error, per the Denver Post's Troy Renck. That's good news for Ward and may be a sign that this story will blow over quickly. This update was posted on 5/23 at 12:45 p.m. MT.
Update III: Peter Burns of the Press Box has released the details of the incident in an image on Twitter. It sounds like a minor incident that was overblown. Ward is not expected to be disciplined by the NFL. This update was posted on 5/23 at 2:05 p.m. MT.