CENTENNIAL, Colo. (CBS4)– The son of Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen was found guilty of harassment on Thursday morning.

John Bowlen was found guilty by a jury in Arapahoe County and sentenced to 24 months of probation with drug/alcohol evaluation and mental health evaluation and treatment.

John Bowlen (credit: CBS)

John Bowlen (credit: CBS)

The harassment charge stemmed from a domestic violence incident in June 2015. The judge also ordered domestic violence treatment and evaluation.

According to police reports, Bowlen’s girlfriend at the time claims he “made comments to kill someone he had a prior conflict with” and then “became enraged” when she suggested calling for help.

As she was calling 911, she claims Bowlen grabbed her shoulders and shoved her against a bathroom wall. Bowlen was charged with misdemeanor harassment and obstruction of telephone service, both considered acts of domestic violence.

Moments later dispatchers called back and Bowlen picked up.

A portion of the 911 call with John Bowlen (credit: CBS)

A portion of the 911 call with John Bowlen (credit: CBS)

“This is the owner of the Denver Broncos,” Bowlen told the dispatcher. “I am sorry. K. I have a crazy girlfriend that is leaving my house right now. Nothing is wrong at all.”

“Were you guys having a verbal argument?” The dispatcher asked.
“No, no, no. She’s leaving right now,” said Bowlen. “I swear on my Dad’s life.”

Bowlen’s father, Pat, recently relinquished control of the Broncos after the family went public with his fight with Alzheimer’s disease.

John Bowlen (credit: Arapahoe County Sheriff)

John Bowlen (credit: Arapahoe County Sheriff)

“You understand that a female calling asking for help on 911 is kind of a big deal?” The dispatcher asked.

“As the bloodline of the city I’m telling you right now nothing is wrong and she is leaving my house,” said Bowlen.

After his arrest, Bowlen was placed on an indefinite leave from his administrative position with the Denver Broncos but was seen celebrating with the team after their win at Super Bowl 50.

His father is suffering from Alzheimer’s and relinquished control of the team in 2014.


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