Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater enjoys frequenting strip clubs—well, one at least. Which is fine if you’re into that sort of thing, as I’m sure many 27-year-old professional football players are. It’s what Prater did on August 2 after leaving the club known as Shotgun Willie’s, a Denver area strip joint, that is very troubling.
According to the police report, several witnesses said that a dark colored Chevy Trailblazer had backed into an unoccupied silver sedan outside the Hyatt Summerfield Suites. The driver then fled into the hotel lobby.
Cops encountered a woman inside the hotel lobby who said she had been a passenger in the Trailblazer in question, and this is what she told them, according to the report…
According to the arrest reports, the woman told police she and a man named Matt P. had just left Shotgun Willie’s, where she worked. She could not remember his last name.
After the accident, she and the man went into the hotel to get a room, but the hotel was full.
Matt Prater you sly dog. Of course, the female companion could have been a waitress at Shotgun Willie’s, but the story is much more salacious if we all imagine she was one of the club’s dancers.
The officers searched the Trailblazer and found a parking permit for the Broncos’ Dove Valley training camp with Prater’s name on it. They found the Denver kicker at a nearby La Quinta hotel. Prater claims he didn’t leave a note on the vehicle he hit “because there was multiple witnesses confronting/yelling at him.”
Of course, he also denied having consumed any alcohol. The roadside test and breathalyzer said otherwise.
Prater was criminally charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. At the police station, a remorseful Prater said, “I really messed up. I’m going to lose my job. I deserve this.”
Prater didn’t lose his job, yet, going 3-for-3, including a 42-yarder, against the Cowboys in preseason action. And so long as Jeff Reed can maintain gainful employment in the NFL with all his off-field transgressions, I think Prater won’t have to worry too much about job security.