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GLENDALE, Colo. — John Bowlen, the son of Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, can be heard on the 911 call recording that led to his arrest on domestic violence charges as saying nothing was wrong despite his girlfriend screaming in the initial call that was hung up.
The recording was obtained Friday by TMZ and published to its website.
Bowlen, who is a corporate partnerships coordinator with the Broncos, faces third-degree assault and harassment charges, both misdemeanors. He was held overnight Wednesday in the Arapahoe County Jail without bond.
The incident began Wednesday night when Glendale police said a woman called 911 but as the woman screams, Bowlen took the phone and hung up.
The dispatcher called back and Bowlen can be heard answering, “This is the owner of the Denver Broncos.”
Bowlen tells 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.”
Glendale police said in a news release that officers determined Bowlen had pushed the woman against a bathroom wall when she tried to contact police.
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.”
The Broncos have placed Bowlen on indefinite leave of absence. Bowlen, 29, is the youngest of Pat Bowlen’s two sons.
Pat Bowlen has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and stepped away from day-to-day operations of the organization in July.