Former Hoosier Latimer responds to strip club fight video

Cody Latimer has responded to the release of a video showing the former Indiana receiver in a fight outside an Ohio strip club in February.

In a message posted to his Twitter account on Sunday afternoon, Latimer says he was attempting to diffuse a tense situation when a fight broke out with staff members of the Diamonds Cabaret.

Early Sunday morning, TMZ released video of the incident, which shows a bouncer pepper spraying Latimer before punching Latimer’s uncle. The situation escalated when Latimer slapped the bouncer in the face.

Latimer, who is entering his fourth season with the Denver Broncos, was reportedly neither arrested nor charged in the incident.

“I’ve been through so many positive life changes and have grown so much since Feb. 20, and this situation is in the past,” Latimer wrote. “It’s unfortunate that something from six months ago that didn’t result in anything all of this sudden becomes a big story. But I get the world we live in and all the attention we have on us.

“I’ve talked to Coach (Vance) Joseph and the Broncos, (and) have been very upfront and explained everything. Although I was just trying to settle things down, I know I have to be careful of the situations I put myself in because I expect a lot of myself.”

According to the Denver Post, the National Football League is expected to review the incident for a possible violation of the league’s personal conduct policy.

The Broncos’ second-round draft pick in 2014, Latimer has disappointed during his first three years in the NFL. He’s made only 16 catches for 158 yards and one touchdown during the 34 games in which he’s appeared.

“I’ve been grinding and focused on football this entire offseason, have given my life to Jesus and I’m on a really positive path,” Latimer wrote. “I’m heading to church with my family now to continue my journey while getting ready for camp and a great season. It’s Year 4 and it’s time to eat!”

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