Maurice Jones-Drew Avoids Battery Charge
BREAKING- Prosecutors have declined to press charges against #Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew following allegations of battery at restaurant— Vic Micolucci (WJXT) (@vicmicolucci) June 25, 2013
UPDATE: Wednesday, June 26, at 7:30 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
Florida Times-Union's Gene Frenette has the latest on Maurice Jones-Drew.
Jones-Drew’s legal woes may not be over because Patrick Canan, the attorney for security guard Kasim Howard, said he will file a civil suit against the Jaguars running back.
Canan noted the evidence standard in a civil trial isn’t 'beyond a reasonable doubt’' but a “preponderance of evidence.’’
'If the state of Florida won’t attempt to seek justice, we will,' Canan said.
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UPDATE: Tuesday, June 25, at 12:44 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo
Jaguars.com's John Oehser Tweeted Maurice Jones-Drew's statement on the matter:
Statement from Jones-Drew: "Naturally, I am pleased with this result and look forward to focusing on football. My rehab is going well ..."— John Oehser (@JohnOehser) June 25, 2013
MJD statement continued: ". . . and I'm anxious to join my teammates at the start of training camp."— John Oehser (@JohnOehser) June 25, 2013
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The alleged incident took place at the Conch House Restaurant in St. Augustine, Fla. TMZ provided the initial report, which stated Jones-Drew struck a security guard after a confrontation with a friend of the Jaguars running back:
After the incident, the security guard spoke with police – and cops noted that the guy's jaw was "swollen a great deal and had a large lump on his jaw bone."
The security guard was hospitalized after the incident – and doctors found contusions and a bone bruise, but no broken bones.
Originally, the St. Augustine Police stated Jones-Drew had been charged with battery in connection with the incident. They later provided an update to TMZ that said that wasn't the case; he was only a person of interest in the investigation.
ESPN passed along a statement from the police department during the investigation. Jones-Drew was said to be cooperating with the probe into the claims:
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.
Now, Jones-Drew has avoided being charged in the case, as prosecutors declined to press charges based on the available information.
Micolucci states a request was made to obtain the security footage from the Conch House during the reported scuffle. The station has been unsuccessful so far.
We have requested the video of the alleged incident at the Conch House, but have not yet received it.— Vic Micolucci (WJXT) (@vicmicolucci) June 25, 2013
Jones-Drew is coming off a season in which he appeared in only six games for the Jaguars. He rushed for just over 400 yards, marking the first time since 2008 the workhorse back was unable to eclipse the 1,000-yard barrier.
Avoiding charges in this case should allow him to focus completely on getting healthy. He underwent surgery on his left foot near the end of last season for an injury that prevented him from playing a vast majority of the season.
Assuming he gets back to full strength, he should be in the backfield to start 2013 for the Jaguars.
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