Broncos owner Pat Bowlen’s son arrested on domestic violence charges

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- John Bowlen Jr., the son of Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen and potential future owner of the team, was arrested and charged with two counts of domestic violence on Wednesday night.

The charges in the case included third degree assault and harassment, both of which are misdemeanors, and Bowlen was held overnight in the Arapahoe County Jail without bond. He was scheduled to appear in court on Thursday at 2 p.m.

Bowlen is currently employed with the Broncos as a Corporate Partnerships Coordinator, and is one of seven children under consideration to become the new owner of the Broncos after their father Pat, who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, stepped away daily operations as owner last July.

According to police records reportedly obtained by TMZ, the victim in this case is a woman who says she has been dating John for 10 months. She told police she called 911, but Bowlen took the phone and hung up.

When a dispatcher called back, Bowlen reportedly answered and said, "This is the owner of the Denver Broncos."

"I'm sorry," Bowlen continued, according to the report. "Nothing is wrong."

Bowlen later told police he was under the influence of alcohol and "whippets," a street term for nitrous oxide, at the time of the incident.

Glendale Police produced a press release Thursday afternoon with information provided by officers who arrived on the scene of the 911 hang up on Wednesday night.

"Upon arrival, Officers learned that the male subject (later identified as John Bowlen) had pushed his girlfriend against a bathroom wall when she attempted to contact police because of his erratic behavior," the released stated. "She dropped her cell phone at which time he picked it up and hung up the connection with 911."

The Broncos issued a statement shortly after news of the arrest broke.

"We are disappointed to learn of the matter involving John Bowlen," the statement read. "While this is a personal issue, he is accountable to all club and league conduct policies. As such, John will be placed on an indefinite leave of absence from the organization.”

Bowlen, 29, is the younger of Pat Bowlen's two sons. He also has two older sisters. Two of his elder siblings, Pat Bowlen III and Beth Bowlen Wallace, also currently work for the Broncos.

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