John Bowlen found guilty of harassment in domestic violence case

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ARAPAHOE COUNTY, Colo. — John Bowlen, son of Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, was found guilty of harassment on Thursday morning in a June 2015 domestic violence case.

According to the Arapahoe County Courts, Bowlen was sentenced to 24 months of probation with a drug/alcohol evaluation and mental health evaluation and treatment. The judge ordered domestic violence treatment as well.

Bowlen was arrested June 3 after he allegedly pushed his girlfriend against a bathroom wall in Glendale when she had attempted to call police due to his erratic behavior.

Glendale police said when Bowlen allegedly pushed her against the wall, she dropped her cellphone and screamed, at which time he picked it up and hung up the connection to 911.

The dispatcher called back and Bowlen was heard on the taped call answering, “This is the owner of the Denver Broncos.”

Bowlen told the dispatcher nothing was wrong and that the unidentified girlfriend was leaving.

“She’s just trying to ruin my life,” Bowlen said.

When asked why the woman called 911, Bowlen said, “Because she’s crazy.”

Later, Bowlen said “As the blood of the city, I’m telling you right now nothing is wrong.”

Near the end of the call, Bowlen tells the dispatcher, “I’m a man of my word. I’m a man of the city, a friend of the mayor. Everyone knows exactly who I am and I’m going through a lot. … She is leaving right now. Nothing is wrong. And I love you guys. Bye-bye.”

Bowlen was employed as a corporate partnerships coordinator with the Broncos.

After the incident, the Broncos placed Bowlen on indefinite leave of absence and said in a statement: “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. 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.”

There was no update on whether Bowlen returned to work with the Broncos. Bowlen, 30, is the youngest of Pat Bowlen’s two sons.

Pat Bowlen has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and stepped away from day-to-day operations of the organization in July.

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