Dolphins receiver Jarvis Landry will not face charges stemming from an April 1 incident in Fort Lauderdale involving his girlfriend, the Broward State Attorney said Tuesday.
“I am very thankful that this matter is over and my family and I can put this behind us now,” Landry said in a statement.
Although the issue has played out in the legal system, it remains under review by the NFL under its personal conduct policy, a league spokesman said.
The league has the option of imposing penalties independent of Landry not being charged.
The state attorney’s office released a report by assistant state attorney Stefanie Newman on Tuesday detailing the incident, involving the mother of Landry’s then-4-month-old daughter. A dispute occurred after the woman said she wanted to enter his residence to collect her belongings but he said he would have them sent to her.
A “very brief,” inconclusive surveillance video initially led investigators to suspect Landry may have slapped her twice. The video was turned over to the office’s forensic technology department. Once clarity was enhanced, investigators agreed with both parties that no slaps took place and that any physical contact between the two occurred when he reached for her cellphone and tossed it in her vehicle.
Shortly after the incident, Landry’s girlfriend, Estrella Cerqueira, issued a statement saying it was no more than “a vocal argument.” She said she “was not in any way physically harmed” and called upon the media to cease reporting “a completely false story.” She told investigators Landry had never been physical with her in the past, did not think his actions were intentional and did not wish to prosecute.
“I greatly respect and appreciate the Broward County State Attorney’s Office for their hard work and thorough investigation into this matter and I am thankful that they were able to come to a conclusion that reaffirms the true facts that no crime was committed,” Landry said. “My daughter’s mother and I will continue to co-parent to raise our child in a happy and healthy environment.”
While the issue was being resolved, Landry started the Dolphins’ first two games this season and has 126 receiving yards on a team-leading 19 catches.