Indianapolis Colts defensive lineman Denico Autry is being sued over a hearth in January that did greater than $30,000 harm to the storage of an condo he was once renting in Zionsville, Indiana.
The lawsuit filed in Boone County Circuit Courtroom alleges the hearth was once began by way of Autry’s smoking.
The Jan. 2 hearth closely broken a storage on the condo that Autry leased in August from Viewegh Houses. The following day, Autry began at defensive finish, performed 52 snaps and made a take on because the Colts defeated Jacksonville 28-14 at Lucas Oil Stadium to earn a place within the playoffs.
Autry’s agent declined to remark or give you the identify of his legal professional. And no legal professional has filed an look to constitute Autry within the case, in step with the net court docket docket. The court docket website lists a North Carolina cope with for Autry.
Colts officers additionally declined to remark.
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The lawsuit, which seeks compensatory damages for the hearth, accuses Autry of breach of contract and negligence. It says Autry’s smoking was once the “direct and proximate motive” of the hearth and ensuing damages.
Paul Jefferson, the legal professional for Viewegh, mentioned Autry was once running on a Four-wheeler and he instructed the hearth division he was once smoking a cigar.
The lawsuit says Viewegh started receiving court cases from neighboring tenants associated with smoking on the condo after Autry moved there in August. “Lawsuits, together with many for marijuana smoke scent, started in September,” the lawsuit says.
After receiving the court cases, Viewegh contacted Autry’s actual property agent and asked Autry stop smoking on the condo, the lawsuit says. Autry persisted smoking on the condo, in step with the lawsuit, and Viewegh persisted to obtain court cases in the course of the finish of 2020.
On January 2, 2021, the lawsuit says, “whilst smoking, Autry began a hearth within the storage.” The hearth led to vital harm to the storage, and smoke from the hearth led to harm to different portions of the condo and surrounding homes additionally owned by way of Viewegh.
Autry moved out and deserted the condo, the lawsuit says, on or about January 12, 2021. The rent required Autry to think “all chance and duty for coincidence, damage or harm to individual and belongings.”
The lawsuit says “Autry breached this accountability by way of beginning the hearth, and by way of smoking within the Leased Premises, which is against the law by way of Indiana regulation. However for Autry’s breach of this accountability, the hearth don’t have began, and Viewegh don’t have been broken.”
Autry has no longer replied to makes an attempt by way of Viewegh to touch him about protecting the hearth damages, Jefferson mentioned.
“My shopper and I are each giant lovers of the Colts group and do not condemn somebody’s private possible choices,” he mentioned. “But if the ones possible choices have an effect on others, the suitable factor to do is make it proper. It is unlucky Mr. Autry calls for the felony gadget to do this, however that is what courts are for.”
Autry, 30, is scheduled to be a unfastened agent after the finishing touch of a a hit three-year stint with the Colts. Dropped at Indianapolis on a three-year, $17.three million free-agent deal in 2018, Autry blossomed right into a beginning defensive lineman and a key rotational piece for the Colts defensive position.
A two-year starter at defensive take on who moved to defensive lead to 2020 to make room for DeForest Buckner, Autry racked up 20 sacks in 3 seasons in Indianapolis, positioning himself to doubtlessly earn an excellent larger contract in unfastened company this time round.
Underneath the phrases of the NFL’s new collective bargaining settlement licensed closing 12 months, a participant now not receives a suspension for checking out sure for marijuana, and the quantity of marijuana required for a favorable check was once raised considerably (from 35 nanograms to 150). The coverage additionally says gamers can be examined for the drug simplest all over the primary two weeks of coaching camp, which started in overdue July.
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