Former IU wide receiver Cody Latimer has been placed on the commissioner’s exempt list the NFL announced Monday.
Latimer was charged with multiple felonies stemming from an arrest in May.
Signed by Washington during the offseason, Latimer’s acclimation with his new team will be hampered by the league’s decision.
Players placed on the commissioner’s exempt list are not permitted to practice or play in games.
According to the NFL’s statement, players on the list are only permitted “to be present at the club’s facility on a reasonable basis for meetings, individual workouts, therapy and rehabilitation, and other permitted non-football activities.”
Latimer was arrested in May after shots were allegedly fired in a Colorado apartment.
Latimer faces felony charges of assault in the second degree, menacing and illegal discharge of a firearm and misdemeanor charges of prohibited use of a weapon and reckless endangerment. Police allege Latimer threatened a friend with a gun and fired his weapon at a poker game.
From the outset, Latimer’s attorney, Harvey Steinberg has suggested that Latimer’s actions were provoked.
“There’s an entire back story to this situation that constitutes one of the most highly provocative situations you can imagine,” Steinberg said after the news of the incident broke. “Please withhold judgment until all the facts of what took place that night are known.”
Steinberg told the court on May 18 that he has been contacted by law enforcement concerning an investigation of a sexual assault of Latimer’s 4-year-old son that was allegedly perpetrated by one of the individuals at that poker game.
The legal proceedings related to the incident are ongoing.
Latimer signed with Washington after playing in 15 games with 10 starts in 2019 for the Giants.
Latimer made 24 catches for 300 yards last season, both career bests, and he added two touchdowns. Latimer saw action on 369 offensive snaps and 43 on special teams where he returned kickoffs.
The Broncos made Latimer a second-round draft choice in 2014, and he spent his first four seasons in Denver.
In six seasons, Latimer has played 66 games with 15 starts. He has 70 receptions for 935 yards and six touchdowns.
Latimer declared for the NFL Draft on Jan. 5, 2014, forgoing his senior season at Indiana.
The Ohio product became the 21st Hoosier to reach 100 catches and 1,000 yards. Latimer closed out his career tied for fourth in 100-yard games (seventh) and seventh in yardage (2,042) and receptions (135) on Indiana’s all-time lists. He made at least one catch in all 32 career games (24 starts).
For the 2013 season, Latimer’s last at IU, he was named second team All-Big Ten by the media and honorable mention by the coaches. He received the same honors in 2012.
Latimer paced IU with 72 receptions, 1,096 yards and 91.3 yards per game in 2013 and he was named Indiana’s Anthony Thompson Most Valuable Player after the season.
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