FORT LAUDERDALE — Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry is under investigation for domestic battery of Boca Raton’s Estrella Cerqueira, the mother of his daughter.
The Broward County State Attorney’s office addressed the investigation in an e-mail Monday stating the allegations were still being reviewed and that it was uncertain whether Landry would be charged.
The women in Landry’s life certainly don’t appear to think that charges are called for. Landry’s girlfriend said that the domestic battery story was untrue, and Cerqueira herself released the following statement regarding the incident:
“In March of 2017 the father of my child and I had a vocal disagreement that resulted in someone calling 911. I, myself did not call the police. When the police arrived they determined that there was no cause for any arrests nor was there any concern for my physical well-being. There were no arrests made, there were no criminal charges, I was not in any way physically harmed. Yes, we are going through a civil family court case and emotions are high, but I would like to make it very clear that Jarvis would never, ever do anything to harm me or anyone else. Jarvis and I are happily raising our beautiful daughter and I would like to make a plea to the media that they refrain from spreading this completely false story.”
The “civil family court case” Cerqueira describes is a paternity suit she filed against the NFL star, suggesting that things aren’t as hunky-dory as she would have the public believe. As to the criminal case, it was referred by the Fort Lauderdale Police Department to prosecutors, who may or may not take it up.
In a vague statement, Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase said that the team was aware of the situation with Landry and Cerqueira and that “proper steps” have been taken, leaving many to wonder exactly what that meant.
The 24-year-old Landry is in just his 4th season with the NFL since graduating from Louisiana State University. He has been a star for the Dolphins, and holds the NFL record for the most receptions in a player’s first two seasons (with a current career total of 288 receptions).
Whatever “steps” Gase and the Dolphins have taken didn’t preclude Landry’s taking the field for practice on Monday. He was, however, made unavailable for interviews or comments.
The actual truth of whatever happened may be difficult to get at, and Landry and the Dolphins are surely hoping the chaos that abounds in the wide receiver’s personal life doesn’t overly impact matters on the field.