Texas A&M wide receiver and former 5-star recruit Ricky Seals-Jones was arrested early Sunday morning on a charge of disorderly conduct after shouting obscenities while being carried away from a College Station bar, according to KBTX.com's Steve Fullhart.
Twitter user Chris Jones provided a screenshot of Seals-Jones' mugshot, courtesy of Fullhart:
Smh, Ricky Seals-Jones arrested for misdemeanor charge pic.twitter.com/djfCBcpJIb— Diablo™ (@chris_jones254) April 6, 2014
According to the report, the freshman wideout was being "carried away by his friends" when someone bumped into him, sparking a confrontation in which Seals-Jones yelled "F--k you! You want some?," according to police.
Police took Seals-Jones into custody after he motioned toward the individual as if he wanted to fight.
Seal-Jones plans on fighting the charges according to TexAgs.com:
Ricky Seals-Jones will fight the charge against him, per a statement his lawyer provided to TexAgs: http://t.co/GA333E4zgl— TexAgs (@TexAgs) April 6, 2014
Got surgery fri 😬 speedy recovery !— Sweet Jones (@RickySealsJones) September 19, 2013
Head coach Kevin Sumlin talked about the reason for sitting Seals-Jones for the year before the decision was made last fall, per MySanAntonio.com's Brent Zwerneman:
"We're doing everything that's right for him because he is a special talent. For him to lose a year if something is not correct and he's not comfortable...we're not going to do that."
As Fullhart points out, Seals-Jones' arrest is just the latest of several involving Texas A&M football players. Quarterback Kenny Hill was arrested for public intoxication last month, and in February two Aggies defenders were taken into police custody on separate charges.
It remains to be seen whether Sumlin will penalize Seals-Jones for his arrest, but it's clear that off-field behavior will be a hot topic in College Station leading up to the 2014 season.
Seals-Jones projects to be a dynamic playmaker for Texas A&M, and keeping him out of trouble and on the field will be paramount to the Aggies' success in the post-Johnny Manziel era.
ESPN.com SEC blogger Edward Aschoff explains:
With Manziel gone and top receiving target Mike Evans also departing, the Aggies are looking for consistent playmakers to fill those voids. Finding a top-flight, go-to wide receiver also would be very nice with the Aggies also breaking in a new quarterback in 2014. With his size, athleticism and speed, Seals-Jones could be that guy.
With Seals-Jones' knee surgery and latest mishap propelling him into the spotlight for the wrong reasons, the 2014 season will likely provide a shot at redemption.
The Aggies are already losing big-name players and leaders such as Manziel, Mike Evans and Jake Matthews to the NFL draft, so it's imperative for the current team to avoid the spotlight for such negative reasons and for new leaders to emerge in 2014.
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