TJ Ward’s hearing date to answer for assault charges has been delayed until August after a successful motion by his attorneys. The Associated Press reports that Ward’s attorneys made the motion after discovering new evidence.
“Ward appeared in a Denver courtroom with his attorney Abraham Hutt Tuesday morning. Hutt asked the judge for more time because of evidence he just received. The hearing was delayed until Aug. 4.”
Obviously we won’t know what that evidence entails until the case begins, but for now Ward will have to be content to wait for his trial in which he’ll stand against charges of misdemeanor assault and disturbing the peace.
The charges stemmed out from an incident at a strip club in which Ward was accused of throwing a mug at a bartender. His hearing had originally been scheduled for July 22.
The biggest question stemming from this trial will be its impact on Ward and the Denver Broncos. If Ward is exonerated or if the parties can come to a settlement of sorts, he likely won’t see much if any punishment.
However, if Ward is found guilty of misdemeanor assault, Goodell could come down very hard on the safety. If that happens, then the Broncos will be starting their defense of the AFC title on the wrong foot.