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Broncos’ running back Melvin Gordon charged with DUI

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Melvin Gordon – News
The running back, coming off his first 100-yard game with the Broncos, was pulled over at 11:43 p.m. Tuesday for going 71 mph in 35 mph zone.

DENVER — Denver Broncos running back Melvin Gordon III was cited late Tuesday with driving under the influence by the Denver Police Department (DPD), court and police documents show.

According to a probable cause (PC) statement, Gordon was clocked going 71 mph in a 35 mph at approximately 11:43 p.m. Tuesday at 5th Avenue and Speer Boulevard.

Gordon pulled over near 1st Avenue and Humboldt Street. When officers began speaking with Gordon, they said his speech was slurred, his eyes were watery and that his breath had a moderate smell of alcohol. 

Gordon swayed while he was out of his vehicle, according to the PC statement.

Gordon consented to a field sobriety test and performed unsatisfactorily, officers said. The PC statement says Gordon exhibited “validated indicators of impairment.”

Gordon was then arrested. 

Officers requested paramedics who performed a blood draw on Gordon. The results of that blood draw are still pending, according to the report.

Gordon was also ticketed for speeding between 25 mph and 39 mph over the limit. He is expected to be arraigned in Denver County Court on Friday, Nov. 13. The Broncos leave the next day for a game against the Raiders in Las Vegas.

The Broncos released this statement when asked for comment: 

“We are aware of the situation involving Melvin Gordon. Our organization has been in communication with him and is in the process of gathering more details.”

The Broncos had the past three days off but resumed practice at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday in preparation for their game Sunday at New England. Gordon did not participate. Per a team source, Gordon was at Broncos headquarters Wednesday and met with head coach Vic Fangio. Gordon was then sent home by Fangio.

Gordon is coming off his best game since he signed a two-year, $16 million contract with the Broncos in March. His 43-yard touchdown run late in the Broncos’ game against the New York Jets clinched a 37-28 win, Denver’s first of the season.

Besides the costs involved with the court system, Gordon may take an even greater financial hit through lost wages. The league’s recently revised collective bargaining agreement slaps three-game suspensions for players involved in DUI incidents. If Gordon serves a three-game suspension, he would have to forfeit 3/17 of his salary ($176,471) and 3/32 of his $4 million signing bonus for a total hit of $551,471.

There is also the possibility his $4.5 million guaranteed salary he has coming in 2021 would become voidable.

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