Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Another negative headline for Jaguars
By Paul Kuharsky
Maurice Jones-Drew is set to finish his rehabilitation from foot surgery and train in Miami, as he typically has, rather than spend time at Jacksonville Jaguars headquarters.
As Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida-Times Union suggested in a tweet after his report that Jones-Drew has been charged with battery, perhaps the team will now ask him to alter that geographical plan.
Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has been charged with misdemeanor battery stemming from an incident at a St. Augustine restaurant Sunday night.
The St. Augustine Police Department said Jones-Drew struck a security guard, “knocking him out,” during an altercation at the Conch House Restaurant and Marina.
The police say Jones-Drew left the scene before they arrived.
The Jaguars offered the traditional statement, saying they are aware of the incident and won’t be commenting.
The police side of it doesn’t sound good for the running back.
But Jones-Drew's agent, Adisa Bakari, said St. Augustine officials are about to issue a new release saying there have been no charges filed against Jones-Drew, and the matter is under investigation.
"Maurice was there and was not involved, Bakari told ESPN's Adam Schefter. "As soon as an altercation broke out, Maurice exited the premises. He was not questioned by police immediately after nor later that day."
If MJD did nothing wrong, the initial reports are unfortunate. Follow-ups never have the impact of the initial headline.
The negative publicity is the second black eye in short order for the Jaguars.
Receiver Justin Blackmon was recently suspended for the first four games of the 2013 season after a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy.