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New Broncos safety T.J. Ward has warrant issued for his arrest

In this Dec. 16, 2012 file photo, Cleveland Browns strong safety T.J. Ward (43) runs the ball against the Washington Redskins during an NFL football game in Cleveland. Two months after meeting in the AFC championship, the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots have been the conference's most aggressive teams in trying to upgrade their rosters in free agency. Broncos general manager John Elway, who committed $66 million in guaranteed money to four players in the first week of free agency, acknowledged the additions of safety T.J. Ward, cornerback Aqib Talib, pass rusher DeMarcus Ware and receiver Emmanuel Sanders weren't made in a vacuum but with the Patriots in mind

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Presumably, the best way to endear yourself to a new community as a prized NFL free-agent signing is not to get involved in a fight at a strip club and have an arrest warrant issued. Or maybe safety T.J. Ward is trying out a different way of introducing himself to his new city.

Ward, the former Brown who signed a four-year, $22.5 million contract with the Broncos this offseason, had a warrant issued for his arrest according to a story from CBS4 in Denver. Denver police confirmed a warrant has been issued for a misdemeanor assault and disturbing the peace.

The court records said little about what happened but CBS4's sources told the station that it stemmed from a scuffle inside a Denver strip club. The Denver Post said the charges come from a fight at a Denver strip club on May 9, and police are waiting for Ward to surrender to authorities.

"We have been aware of this issue and will continue to review all of the facts," the Broncos said in a team statement to the Post.

In 2012 Ward was reportedly involved in a fight at a Los Angeles nightclub, according to TMZ, but no arrests were made.

This situation doesn't sound like a huge deal in the big picture, but the Broncos were probably hoping that the first headlines Ward made in his new NFL city were for something good on the field.

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