There are lawful and legitimate times when an oath is made. This is a solemn promise to be truthful, often "so help me, God" to bring Divinity as a witness, with the thought of consequences for deception. It is done in courts, for citizenship, religious oaths, and so on.
Yet when we see it arise elsewhere, it is a strong signal that the one making the oath:
Is a deceptive person.
It does not mean that the person is necessarily lying at the point of the oath. He is telling you, "I am a deceptive person and I really want to be believed now that I am invoking this oath."
Whether or not the particular claim made in the oath is deceptive must be determined by other factors. The "I swear", itself, is not enough. It is an indication that the subject's normal course of life is to be deceptive but in terms of the oath's content: it is only one signal of deception and we do not make a conclusion based upon one signal.
True, it may be deceptive, but by itself, we cannot conclude deception.
It is always an alert for deception. From CBS article:
GLENDALE, Colo. (CBS4) – New details emerged about the domestic violence arrest of John Bowlen, the son of ailing Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, with the release of the 911 call. The younger Bowlen, considered one of seven potential heirs to the Broncos franchise, was arrested Wednesday night after a fight with his girlfriend.
His girlfriend, 27, whose name was redacted from court documents, called 9-1-1 from Bowlen’s high rise apartment in Glendale. After relaying her location to the dispatcher, she said “Hurry, please help!” and the line was disconnected.
John Bowlen (credit: Glendale Police)
According to police reports, she claims Bowlen, “made comments to kill someone he had a prior conflict with” and then “became enraged” when she suggested calling for help. As she was calling 911, she claims Bowlen, 28, grabbed her shoulders and shoved her against a bathroom wall. Bowlen has been charged with misdemeanor harassment and obstruction of telephone service, both considered acts of domestic violence.
Moments later dispatchers called back and Bowlen picked up.
A portion of the 911 call with John Bowlen (credit: CBS). In the abbreviated quotes, we have some insight into who John Bowlen is:
“This is the owner of the Denver Broncos,” Bowlen told the dispatcher. “I am sorry. K. I have a crazy girlfriend that is leaving my house right now. Nothing is wrong at all.”
1. First note that he does not say "I am" but "this is the owner", which is narcissistic language. Abusers are often controlling men, who, by nature of control, think enough of themselves to want to control others, and control their environment.
2. Next note that his profession is given in his own defense; that is, that owning a sports team means that he must be telling the truth. This is an example of "need to persuade" that makes the assertion that follows weak. He is a man of prominence, which has nothing to do with this call for help. Thus, it is deemed as "unnecessary" language making it very important for analysis. This is a call about Domestic Violence (D/V).
3. "I am sorry" is often found in the language of the guilty, no matter the occasion. This may be leakage, if, for example, the guilty person, thinking about being "sorry", says, "I'm sorry?", as if to say, "I did not hear you; could you repeat yourself?", but does not state this. Casey Anthony exampled this for us in her mother's 911 call about missing and murdered child, Caylee.
4. "K" is "okay", or "to agree" and is similar in scope to "of course." However, we do not think everything is "okay" simply because of this word being used. See article on "Extreme Assumption" in Statement Analysis and propaganda.
5. "a crazy girlfriend" gives us a great deal of information.
a. "a" girlfriend tells us that he has other girlfriends.
b. "girlfriend" is not "friend" but indicates sexuality in the relationship
c. "crazy" is used to describe "a girlfriend" and seeks to discredit her testimony, making her testimony, to us, strong, as it weakens his own position by NTP (need to persuade). He is ridiculing his victim, thereby attempting to minimize.
6. "nothing is wrong, at all" tells us that his need to report that "nothing is wrong" is weak, and must be strengthened by "at all", which also sheds light on another topic:
When "at all" is used, it is often a signal that more than one thing is going on; in context, more than one crime, or illicit or inappropriate behavior has taken place. This may be that there have been a verbal threat and a physical threat, or a verbal threat and physical assault, or more than a singular verbal threat. It indicates a plurality of issues that he needs to silence.
“Were you guys having a verbal argument?” The dispatcher asked.
“No, no, no. She’s leaving right now,” said Bowlen. “I swear on my Dad’s life.”
Note his denial is to a "yes or no" question, reducing the stress of lying in response, yet his response is not "no", by itself, but a second and even third repetition. This tells us:
a. something is wrong
b. that which is wrong, is, indeed, a plurality of issues (more than one), which confirms the above analysis.
"I swear on my dad's life"
This is the language of normally deceptive people who now wish to be believed.
When taken with the other indicators of sensitivity:
Deception Indicated in the language of John Bowlen.
Bowlen’s father, Pat, recently relinquished control of the Broncos after the family went public with his fight with Alzheimer’s disease.
John Bowlen (credit: Arapahoe County Sheriff)
“You understand that a female calling asking for help on 911 is kind of a big deal?” The dispatcher asked.
“As the bloodline of the city I’m telling you right now nothing is wrong and she is leaving my house,” said Bowlen.
The inclusion of the word "blood" should cause concern for his victim.
It is another signal of sensitivity in a subject of whom deception is already indicated.
She tells police they were both drinking and Bowlen was inhaling whippets.
As to the profile of an abuser, he does not keep us in doubt as he shows the narcissistic high-mindedness we hear in those who abuse and bully others:
“I am sober,” Bowlen told the dispatcher. “I am a man of my word, a man of the city, a friend of the mayor, and everyone knows exactly who I am. I’m going through a lot because I’ve been taking care of my dad.”
Then Bowlen ends the call.
A profile of Bowlen emerges.
I am sober.
I am a man of my word
a man of the city
a friend of the mayor
and everyone knows...
This is all to weaken that which he is avoiding asserting: that he is an abuser.
This is an example of avoiding the direct lie, while attempting to persuade. The more need to persuade, the weaker the assertion.
“She is leaving right now, nothing is wrong,” he tells the dispatcher. “I love you guys. Thank you. Bye, Bye.”
"I love you guys" is the language of those who wish to "make friends" with police. We see this in the guilty language of parents who have caused their children's "disappearance", initially, as they sometimes even praise police for not finding their children. Later, when the police go public with suspicion, the "make friends" language disappears.
“Don’t hang up on me,” replied the dispatcher to no avail.
Bowlen may be a man of the city, but he is not a man who takes orders from police. This is the defiance we find, sometimes, in the language of D/V abusers.
Bowlen was released from the Arapahoe County jail Thursday evening on a personal recognizance bond. Monitored sobriety is a condition of his bond. He is due back in court on July 6 and has been placed on an indefinite leave from his administrative position with the Denver Broncos.
The Denver Broncos released this statement on Thursday: “We are disappointed to learn of the matter involving John Bowlen, who is a son of Owner Pat Bowlen and an administrative employee with the organization. While this is a personal issue, he is accountable to all club and league conduct policies. As such, John will be placed on an indefinite leave of absence from the organization.”
The organization reduced him from his own description as "owner" to not just "the owner's son" but only "a" son of owner...
This is distancing language and an attempt to separate the organization from the narcissistic abuser of women.
My guess, based upon the short profile of his statement:
he is likely known as a bully to those who work for the Denver Broncos.