Sheriff’s Office opens internal investigation into deputies at scene of Cam Jordan nightclub incident _lowres

Advocate staff photo by DANIEL ERATH -- Saints defensive end Cam Jordan.

It was a good week for Saints pass rusher Cam Jordan.

On Thursday night, he helped key a huge win by posting three sacks of Matt Ryan, quarterback for the hated Atlanta Falcons — a bit of redemption in a season in which opposing signal-callers have often had their way with the Saints.

Then, on Friday morning, Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s office called Jordan’s attorney to tell him the DA has decided not to pursue charges against Jordan in a September incident in which Jordan allegedly patted a woman on the buttocks.

Attorney Brian Capitelli said he was informed Friday that Cannizzaro’s office had made the decision to drop the case after reviewing the matter.

Police had closed their initial investigation into the incident, which happened early in the morning of Sept. 6 at the Republic nightclub in the Warehouse District, without recommending charges.

Police had been investigating whether to press a misdemeanor sexual battery charge against Jordan.

The woman’s boyfriend told police that Jordan also dangled him in the air and mocked him inside a bathroom after the man confronted the football player over the patting incident.

The man said Jordan told him he could “have any (woman) that I want” and taunted him while onlookers took pictures of the encounter.

Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office deputies working a paid, off-duty detail at the nightclub allegedly refused to help both the couple and a police officer who came to the scene, sparking a separate Sheriff’s Office internal investigation.