Maurice Jones-Drew not charged
St. Augustine, Fla., police said in an amended news release Tuesday afternoon that Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has not been charged with misdemeanor battery, as it earlier had said was the case in a news release, and is cooperating with police in its investigation of an incident at a restaurant in the city.
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The police department said in its statement that Jones-Drew "maintains his innocence" and "is cooperating fully with our investigation," which it described as ongoing.
Jones-Drew's agent, Adisa Bakari, earlier had told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that police would file an amended release stating no charges have been filed against his client.
"Maurice was there and was not involved. As soon as an altercation broke out, Maurice exited the premises. He was not questioned by police immediately after, nor later that day," Bakari said Tuesday.
According to the Florida Times-Union, police alleged in their earlier report of the incident on Sunday night at the Conch House Restaurant and Marina that Jones-Drew struck a security guard "on the left side of his head, knocking him out."
A friend of Jones-Drew was told to stop touching a woman before he put his hands on the security guard, who then put the man in a headlock before Jones-Drew allegedly struck the guard with a closed fist to the cheek, according to the police report, a copy of which also was obtained by NFL.com.
Earlier Tuesday, the Jaguars said in a statement they were "aware of the situation regarding Maurice Jones-Drew and are in the process of gathering more information. Due to this being a legal matter, we'll have no further comment at this time."
Jones-Drew, 28, is trying to return from a Lisfranc injury in his right foot that cost him 10 games last season and ultimately required surgery.
The NFL's leading rusher in 2011 with 1,606 yards, he gained just 414 yards and scored one touchdown last season before suffering the season-ending foot injury on Oct. 21.
Information from ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky and The Associated Press was used in this report.
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