Monday, October 27, 2003
Jaguars linebacker arrested for aggravated assault, police say
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jacksonville linebacker T.J. Slaughter
was arrested and spent several hours in jail Monday after two men
in a passing car told police the player pointed a gun at them.
Slaughter declined comment when approached at Jaguars
headquarters. His agent, Michael Huyghue, released a statement
saying the fourth-year veteran denied the allegations.
"Words ensued between the two parties, although no physical
contact was made," the statement said. "Slaughter was reported by
the men as having flashed a handgun, which he fully denies."
Slaughter was freed on a $5,003 cash bond, and a decision on
whether to prosecute the case could be made within a week.
Slaughter could face a misdemeanor charge of improper exhibition of
a firearm, or a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly
weapon without intent to kill.
Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said the team will "let the legal
process take its course" before making any decisions on
"We take this very seriously," Del Rio said. "We make every
effort to educate our players. This is not something that is taken
According to the police report, Slaughter was driving on a
highway several hours after Jacksonville's 30-17 loss Sunday night
to Tennessee when two men drove up next to him and started
gesturing toward his car. The men stated they were trying to tell
Slaughter they liked his wheel rims, the report said.
The men claimed Slaughter rolled down his window and started
yelling, then pointed a handgun at them.
Slaughter, 26, was arrested later at a nightclub and taken to
jail. The police report said Slaughter told officers he had a
handgun in the console of his vehicle, but did not point it at
The 2000 third-round draft pick out of Southern Mississippi has
18 tackles and one sack for the Jaguars this season. Last year, he
was suspended four games for violating the league's steroid policy.
His arrest is the latest in a string of difficult problems for
the Jaguars this season. Jimmy Smith was suspended four games for
violating the league's drug policy. Punter Chris Hanson gashed his
leg with an ax that Del Rio had placed in the locker room.
Del Rio conceded the outside problems are taking a toll on him
and the team, which fell to 1-6 with the loss to the Titans.
"I'd like to spend my time thinking, talking and coaching
football, and not about these incidents," Del Rio said.