A Colorado jury acquitted former Denver Bronco cornerback Parrish Cox of sexual assault charges March 2 in a trial in which the former NFL player was accused of impregnating a woman in his apartment.

The acquittal came despite assertions by state prosecutors that DNA evidence established Cox as the father of the woman’s child.

Attorneys for the ex-player challenged the DNA evidence and said the tests were contaminated. “We always felt there were substantial holes in the case,” attorney Harvey Steinberg said after the verdict which triggered an audible sigh and cry from the alleged victim.

The case stemmed from a night of partying Sept. 5, 2010 that wound up in Cox’s apartment. He denied having sex with the woman but a former teammate, Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas, acknowledged kissing the woman, who he says was drunk.

“I wanted to have sex with her but I didn’t,” Thomas testified according to the Associated Press. “We hadn’t done nothing before. I wasn’t going to try nothing that night because she had been drinking. She had got drunk.”