The Denver Broncos had a lot of damage control to deal with on Tuesday, all the while preparing for a huge division game on Sunday.
The Denver Broncos are preparing for a very important division game against the first-place Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, but the game took a back seat on Tuesday with all of the craziness at Dove Valley.
The Broncos got the unfortunate news that backup quarterback and promising second-year player Chad Kelly was arrested overnight after (or sometime during) Von Miller’s Halloween party, which he has hosted for the past several years.
This all happened while rumors swirled of Broncos players who may or may not be on the trade block this year as the team approaches a critical juncture.
Let’s recap the crazy day in the Mile High City and what might happen next.
Chad Kelly’s arrest
Kelly was arrested on first-degree trespassing charges. He ended up in the living room of a family where he was hit with a vacuum pole while the occupants of the home demanded he leave. He apparently did and returned to his vehicle at the site of Miller’s Halloween party.
It was there he was arrested and later identified by the occupants of the home, who had security footage of Kelly wearing a cowboy costume outside their home.
After his arrest, Kelly was not tested for drugs or alcohol, so the reason for his ‘incoherent’ rumbling is not known at this point.
The Broncos and John Elway specifically met with Kelly on Tuesday, also expressing extreme displeasure with the former seventh-round pick. Releasing Kelly is apparently an option but as of Tuesday night, the Broncos have not done that.
While releasing Kelly is undoubtedly on the table, a suspension imposed by the team (and possibly the league) seems highly likely.
Von Miller’s Halloween party
Denver Broncos players had a blast at Von Miller’s Halloween party, as usual, and also, as usual, they came dressed in their best possible costumes.
Some players went with Miller’s ‘Western’ theme, and others used the party as an opportunity to think outside the box with costumes.
Emmanuel Sanders went as an old Dave Chappelle character ‘Tyrone Biggums’, a classic Chappelle character and quite frankly his most popular. Sanders nailed the look, which includes white powder on the lips. Brandon Marshall went as Bobby Brown and carried around a small bag of white flour.
The players were obviously kidding around, but TMZ decided to spin Miller’s party as a ‘cocaine-themed’ party. Because many of the people covering the Broncos or following the Broncos don’t know who Chappelle’s character Biggums is, they wrongfully assumed that TMZ’s report was correct.
There were players dressed up as Star Wars characters and Toy Story characters and even a minion from Despicable Me.
The fact that Kelly put a dent in an otherwise very valuable team outing has nothing to do with the other players’ costumes.
Oh, and by the way, there’s a game on Sunday in Kansas City.
Against a league MVP candidate and his star-studded supporting cast on offense.
This is a game that could potentially decide Vance Joseph’s fate with the team, and many of the veteran players on the roster could be on the move if the Broncos lose. But the team has to maintain focus through it all. The Broncos have to come out swinging against the Chiefs again just like they did the last time they played.
These are crazy enough times in Denver without additional off-field distractions, but the activities Tuesday really sent everyone into a frenzy.
Cool heads will prevail, and hopefully, as the Broncos get back to practice on Wednesday, they will be looking ahead to Kansas City and re-focusing on the task at hand. Jobs are depending on it.