The Denver Broncos, once one of the storied franchises of the National Football League, have fallen on hard times. Forget that they have not made the playoffs in years. Forget that they were one of the losing teams in the league over the past year and a half. Broncos’ players cannot seem to stay on the right side of the law.
Most recently, it was placekicker Matt Prater. The big-legged placekicker was arrested last week for driving under the influence (DUI). Like many stories, this one begins in a bar and takes place in the middle of the night.
The incident started just before 3AM on August 2nd when Prater backed his Chevy Trailblazer into a parked car. That may have been his first mistake. His second was to run from the scene. Unfortunately witnesses saw him and described he and his female passenger.
Who was that Guy?
This story only gets worse. The female who was looking to join Prater in a hotel room at the Hyatt Summerfield Suites at 3AM, claimed his name was Matt P. and she didn’t know his last name.
Police were finally able to track Prater down at the nearby La Quinta Inn. This all could have been avoided if he had just left a note on the car. He claims he was afraid because four witnesses were yelling at him. Hmm something smells like a farm animal’s refuse here.
In addition to fleeing the scene of an accident, Prater also lied to police telling him that he had not been drinking that night. The strong stench of booze prompted officers to give him a field sobriety test, which he failed.
After being arrested and taken to jail Prater was pleading with the cops telling them how he messed up and now he was going to lose his job.
Time will tell if he loses his job. The Broncos have plenty of other issues to worry about, including a sexual assault case pending against cornerback Perrish Cox.
For a guy making big bucks, I am sure Prater wishes he had left a note on the vehicle he smashed into. Maybe he even wishes he had decided to take a cab. Certainly he will have to take some sort of Colorado Alcohol Awareness Class.