Ravens' Jacoby Jones, Bryant McKinnie Reportedly Involved in Brawl with Stripper
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones was reportedly struck by a bottle on Monday morning during a brawl that took place on a party bus filled with some of his teammates and several exotic dancers.
According to TMZ, a fight broke out at approximately 3 a.m. ET after a stripper named "Sweet Pea" allegedly swung "a gigantic Ace of Spades bottle" at Jones. For those unfamiliar, Ace of Spades is the colloquial term for Armand de Brignac champagne, which is packaged in metallic bottles.
It apparently connected with the veteran wideout, and an ambulance was called for a “bleeding male,” though it did not transport anyone to a hospital.
WJLA.com is reporting that Jones was bleeding from his head, but was unable to tell police how he injured it.
According to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun, Jones' agent insists the receiver is doing "fine":
Jones' agent Kennard McGuire told me: 'Contrary to reports Jacoby is fine and was back at practice today with his normal rehab routine.'— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) September 23, 2013
John Harbaugh was asked about the report at his press conference and gave his thoughts on the matter.
Harbaugh on Jacoby: "Not very impressed, personally, with the report. It's not something we want to be known for."— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 23, 2013
Harbaugh on Jacoby: "What do you want to be known for? Do you want to be known as a football player, or do you want to be known for that?"— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 23, 2013
Today is John Harbaugh's birthday. He laughed off a question about whether he'll celebrate on a party bus.— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) September 23, 2013
This incident led to a brawl among Jones' friends, who were also on the bus and reportedly sought retaliation against Sweet Pea. Teammate Bryant McKinnie apparently tried to stop the situation from escalating but ended up embroiled in the skirmish.
Members of the Ravens organization had spent the night in Washington, D.C., celebrating McKinnie's 34th birthday.
The offensive lineman posted a flier of the “birthday bash” event on his Instagram feed, indicating that he would be at Opera in downtown Washington on Sunday night. The fight broke out on the bus as partygoers were leaving the club.
According to Dianna Marie Russini of NBC 4 in Washington, Barry Cofield of the Redskins was also in attendance, but wasn't around during the reported skirmish.
Busted Coverage tracked down some additional photos as well, including this photo of McKinnie with "Sweet Pea" from 2003.
Police were called to the scene, but no arrests were made. TMZ noted that law enforcement officials apparently found evidence of an assault but could not get anyone to cooperate with the investigation.
Will the league office punish Jones or McKinnie for their alleged actions?
Jones has not played since the season opener against the Denver Broncos. He recorded three catches for 24 yards in the contest but is currently nursing a sprained MCL and is out indefinitely.
McKinnie is no stranger to partying, as the 12-year veteran was prominently involved in the “Love Boat” scandal that rocked the Minnesota Vikings back in 2005. He was also arrested back in 2008 for aggravated battery and other offenses after a street brawl outside a Miami nightclub.
Obviously, controversy off the field is not what the Ravens want or need at this time. Though they are 2-1 through the first three weeks of the season, they lost several big-name players during the offseason and have experienced multiple injuries to key players so far in the 2013 season.
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