Cop: Kircus threatened man after assault
CENTENNIAL, Colo.” A newly released investigator’s report says Broncos receiver David Kircus threatened a man after Kircus allegedly punched him in the face.
Kircus faces a second-degree assault charge after an altercation at a party in suburban Denver early Sunday. Prosecutors added a second count, violent crime, as a sentence enhancer that could lead to a stiffer penalty if he is convicted.
An Arapahoe County sheriff’s report made public Friday said Kircus had been asked to leave the party, and the alleged victim had escorted him to the sidewalk. The report said Kircus pointed out they were no longer on private property and hit the other man in the eye, causing multiple fractures.
“You don’t know what I’m capable of,” Kircus told the man, according to the report.
Kircus, who resumed his NFL career last season after spending a year away from football working in a sandwich shop, is free on $6,000 bail. If convicted, he could be sentenced to two to six years in prison.
At a hearing Friday, District Judge Anne Ollada granted a request from Kircus’ attorney, Harvey Steinberg, to change the terms of a restraining order against Kircus so he can travel out of state this weekend.
Ollada also agreed to remove a provision that barred Kircus from drinking alcohol, but after a prosecutor said Kircus may have a DUI conviction on his record, the judge said the ban could be reimposed.
In July 2005, Kircus pleaded guilty in Hudsonville, Mich., to driving under the influence. He was ordered to pay $850 in fines and court costs and sentenced to time served ” the one day he had spent in jail after his arrest. He played for the Detroit Lions at the time.
The restraining order, issued Tuesday, also bars Kircus from contacting the alleged victim or any witnesses. The order is routine in such cases, prosecutors said.
Kircus wore a pinstripe suit, a maroon shirt and a tie to court Friday. Both he and Steinberg refused to comment afterward, but as they approached a bank of TV cameras outside the courthouse, Steinberg told his client, “I’ll be the blocker.”
Coach Mike Shanahan is waiting to see how the case develops but said this week, “Obviously, if he didn’t handle himself the right way he won’t be with us.”
Kircus is a backup receiver and return specialist who joined the team last season. He had nine receptions for a team-leading 20.8 yards per catch and returned six punts for a 14.3-yard average last year.
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