Pro Bowl Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan is facing accusations that he “patted” the buttocks of a woman and then got into a minor scuffle with her boyfriend at a Warehouse District nightclub over the weekend, according to a source familiar with a police investigation into the incident.
Jordan has not been arrested or issued a citation in connection with the incident, and he is cooperating with authorities, said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity given the preliminary stages of the investigation.
The source on Tuesday indicated that Jordan was at Republic, a club in the 800 block of South Peters Street, late Saturday or early Sunday when a woman he knew walked by him. Jordan and the woman spoke to each other, and she said he patted her on the buttocks.
The woman’s boyfriend later confronted Jordan in the bathroom.
“Some people are saying (Jordan) patted her on the bottom. Others don’t say that’s what happened,” the source said.
The couple eventually left and filed a report against Jordan with New Orleans police.
Jordan could be looking at a misdemeanor battery or disturbing the peace citation, depending on the outcome of authorities’ investigation into the report.
Police are reviewing surveillance video of the incident.
“He’s distressed — he can’t believe it’s come to this,” the source said about Jordan. “But when you’re in the public light, everything you do is scrutinized.”
WWL-TV investigative reporter Katie Moore on Tuesday was the first to report about the incident. Moore cited multiple sources in her report, and she added that Jordan is alleged to have accidentally sprayed Champagne on the couple.
The 6-foot-4-inch, 287-pound Jordan was a first-round draft pick for the Saints in 2011, and he made the Pro Bowl in 2013, when he led New Orleans with 12.5 quarterback sacks. He is considered one of the most important players on the Saints’ defensive line.
Jordan has spent some of his off-days during the NFL season at community events featuring appearances by Saints players. Several of those events benefit children or charities.
Under a personal conduct policy the NFL implemented in December after a series of reported domestic violence incidents involving players, league personnel can be suspended for several games if it is determined they acted inappropriately. The policy says a conviction is not needed to pursue disciplinary action.
It was too early Tuesday to conclude whether Jordan is in danger of being suspended for any portion of the Saints’ upcoming season.
A Saints spokesman declined comment.