Denver Broncos safety T.J. Ward suspended for opener

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DENVER | Pro Bowl safety T.J. Ward has been suspended for Denver’s opener against Baltimore over a nightclub incident that happened more than 15 months ago.

Denver Broncos strong safety T.J. Ward looks on during NFL football training camp, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)Ward was charged with misdemeanor assault and disturbing the peace for allegedly throwing a glass mug at a female bartender at a Denver strip club in May 2014. Those charges were later dropped.

According to court documents, Ward was seen on video surveillance picking up the mug from the bar and throwing it after being told he couldn’t bring a drink into the club.

The incident came shortly after Ward signed a four-year, $22.5 million deal in Denver.

“I take full responsibility for the incident that occurred in May 2014 and am willing to accept the consequences of my actions by serving my one-game suspension,” Ward said in a statement distributed by the Broncos.

“Although I was never arrested and all charges against me were ultimately dismissed, I have no one to blame but myself for being in the predicament that evening.”

Ward added an apology to the organization, owner Pat Bowlen’s family and Broncos fans.

“I have learned from my mistakes and will continue to be a pillar in the community to make myself a stronger person and player for the Denver Broncos,” he said.

Ward is the second Denver defender to get suspended. Derek Wolfe received a four-game ban for violating the NFL’s drug policy.