The Denver Broncos have suspended John Bowlen -- a marketing employee and son to the team's owner -- in response to domestic violence charges against Bowlen that have rocked the Colorado press.
"We are disappointed to learn of the matter involving John Bowlen, who is a son of owner Pat Bowlen and an administrative employee with the organization," the Denver Broncos said in a statement reported by the Denver Post. "While this is a personal issue, [John Bowlen] is accountable to all club and league conduct policies. As such, John will be placed on an indefinite leave of absence from the organization."
CBS reports that Bowlen is on the short list to inherit his aging father's football team -- and is arguably the Broncos' "heir apparent."
Police arrested John Bowlen on Wednesday night after he allegedly "pushed his girlfriend against a bathroom wall," according to police reports. Bowlen's girlfriend had attempted to phone police; Bowlen reportedly ended the call. The dispatcher dialed back, Bowlen answered, and, according to 911 recordings released by the Denver Post, tried to sweet talk the emergency responder into letting any domestic violence allegations slide.
“This is the owner of the Denver Broncos,” Bowlen answers, in a tone NBC describes as like "the outgoing message on an answering machine." "Everything is completely fine," he adds, and informs the dispatcher that his girlfriend is leaving.
So why did she call 911 in the first place? the emergency responder on the phone wants to know. “Because she’s crazy," Bowlen replies.
Hearing noises, the dispatchers asks, “If she’s leaving, why is she screaming in the background?” “Because she’s crazy," Bowlen says again.
“She has had seven beers. She is 95 pounds and she is being picked up by another male who she works out with. She is fine, and she is trying to cause a problem. As the blood — as the blood — as the blood of the city, I’m telling you right now, nothing is wrong. And she is leaving my house."
“I’m sober, I’m a man of my word, I’m a man of the city, a friend of the mayor, and everybody knows exactly who I am," Bowlen continues to the operator. "I’ve been going through a lot because I’ve been taking care of my dad.”
“She is leaving right now," Bowlen says in closing. "Nothing is wrong. I love you guys. Bye-bye.”
Unpersuaded by Bowlen, the dispatcher sent authorities to investigate anyway. Police charged the NFL staffer with third-degree assault and harassment, and held the 29-year-old overnight in the Arapahoe County jail.
Bowlen "was released Thursday on $1,000 bond on conditions of monitored sobriety and no co-habitation with the victim," the Denver Post reports. Bowlen's next hearing is scheduled to take place on July 6.
On the night of his arrest, Bowlen's girlfriend told investigators her boyfriend had talked about killing someone, consumed alcohol, and gotten high on nitrous oxide. The girlfriend reports "previous incidences of verbal abuse" in her 10 month relationship with Bowlen, according to his warrant.
Officers state that when they arrived at Bowlen's residence, they heard a woman crying and a man yelling from inside the residence. "I didn't do anything wrong," Bowlen reportedly told police when he answered the door -- before almost immediately calling his lawyer.
Read John Bowlen's affidavit here: