Kircus arrested, posts bond after assault arrest

5/21/2007 - NFL David Kircus Denver Broncos + more

DENVER -- A year ago, David Kircus was the Denver Broncos'
feel-good story, resuming his NFL career after spending a year away
from football making sandwiches at a Subway.

Obviously, if he didn't handle himself the right way, he won't
be with us.

Mike Shanahan

Now, the reserve receiver's roster spot with the Broncos is in
jeopardy following his arrest Monday on suspicion of second-degree
assault. He allegedly got into an argument during a weekend party
and hit a man in the face after being asked to leave.

Kircus was released on $6,000 bail and ordered to appear in
court Tuesday, the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Department said. If
convicted, he could be sentenced to two to six years in prison.

His lawyer, Harvey Steinberg, and agent, Josh Wright, did not
immediately return calls.

Coach Mike Shanahan said he wants to hear both sides of the

"Obviously, if he didn't handle himself the right way, he won't
be with us," Shanahan said of the backup receiver and return
specialist who joined the team last season.

Kircus had been invited to a party at a home in suburban
Centennial, but early Sunday he got into a disagreement there with
the woman who invited him, authorities said. The man who owned the
home was struck in the face after repeatedly asking Kircus to
leave, the sheriff's office said.

The man was left with broken facial bones and was treated at a
hospital, Sheriff Grayson Robinson said. His condition and the
extent of his injuries were not available and his name was not

The 27-year-old Kircus had nine receptions for a team-leading
20.8 yards-per-catch average and returned six punts for a 14.3-yard
average last season.

Kircus met with Shanahan on Monday before heading to the
sheriff's department to stand in a photo lineup while his teammates
participated in passing camp. The coach didn't go into specifics of
what Kircus told him but said it was "a much different story from
obviously what came across from the other person."

"Let's wait for the due process to take care of itself and find
out if he's guilty or not," Shanahan said. "If he's guilty, then
he'll pay the penalty. If not, obviously, he'll be with us."

Kircus is the second Broncos receiver to run afoul of the law
this offseason. Brandon Marshall was arrested in March on suspicion
of domestic violence.