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Broncos' Ward appears in court on misdemeanour charge

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The Canadian Press
5/23/2014 3:26:46 PM
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DENVER -- Broncos safety T.J. Ward appeared in court Friday on misdemeanour charges that he threw a glass mug at a bartender at a Denver strip club.

Ward, 27, is charged with misdemeanour assault and disturbing the peace in the May 10 incident at PT's All Nude club. Court documents say Ward tossed the mug at the bartender at 2:40 a.m. after he was told he couldn't bring a drink into the club.

Bond was set at $1,900, and a court date was set for June 23, The Denver Post reported (http://bit.ly/1kx8BoC ).

Police had issued an arrest warrant for Ward on Thursday.

Ward signed a four-year, $22.5 million deal with Denver this spring. He is coming off a Pro Bowl season in Cleveland.

Under NFL rules, Ward could be fined for a misdemeanouroffence, but a suspension is considered unlikely.

Ward's agent, Josh Arnold, couldn't immediately be reached by phone for comment.

Club video surveillance shows that Ward picked "up a glass mug that is sitting on the bar and tosses/throws the glass mug at her. The male then walks away," the court documents said.

Ward, who was also a second-team All-Pro last season, is one of three marquee free agents the Broncos signed to add an edge to their defence following their 43-8 loss to Seattle in the Super Bowl. The others are pass-rusher DeMarcus Ware and cornerback Aqib Talib.

"He's a young, explosive strong safety who is going to bring a lot of energy and toughness to our secondary," general manager John Elway said when he signed Ward on March 11 to a contract that guarantees the 27-year-old Oregon product $14 million.

Ward projects as the Broncos' strong safety with Rahim Moore returning at free safety. Ward can also line up as a weak-side linebacker in some of the Broncos' specialty looks with six and seven defensive backs.

T.J. Ward (Photo: David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

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