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Dolphins player investigated for battery. His girlfriend says he didn’t touch her

Head coach Adam Gase talks with wide receiver Jarvis Landry (14) during June’s Dolphins minicamp.
Head coach Adam Gase talks with wide receiver Jarvis Landry (14) during June’s Dolphins minicamp. adiaz@miamiherald.com

Fort Lauderdale police investigated a domestic violence battery case involving Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry. The mother of Landry’s child issued a statement Monday saying Landry never touched her.

The incident that was under investigation was reported to police April 1. Listed under “weapons/tools” on the incident report are “hands, fist, feet, teeth,” but report says the victim suffered no injury. There’s no signature from anyone filing a complaint and the case status is put as “inactive.”

Landry’s girlfriend, Estrella Cerqueira, issued a statement on Monday through EAG Sports Management’s Denise White: “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 police. When the police arrived, they determined 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.”

Cerqueira filed a paternity suit against Landry in April in Broward County court. Landry will make $900,000 this season, the last of his first NFL contract. Barring injury or something else that might keep him off the field, he’ll sign a longer term deal likely worth over $10 million next year or get hit with a franchise tag. That would put his salary between $15 million and $16 million on a one-year deal.

Fort Lauderdale police presented an investigation to the Broward state attorney’s office, which is reviewing the matter, state attorney spokesman Ron Ishoy said. No decision is expected this week on charges.

Dolphins coach Adam Gase told reporters gathered to cover training camp on Monday that the team is aware of the investigation. He declined to comment further.

Since the Dolphins made him a second round NFL draft pick in 2014, Landry has led the Dolphins in receiving each NFL season. He has surpassed 1,000 receiving yards each of the last two seasons and caught a single-season team-record 110 passes in 2015.

Matt Moore, Miami Dolphins quarterback, talks to the media about WR's Jarvis Landry reception during a scrimmage at Hard Rock Stadium.

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