University of Miami offensive tackle Jahair Jones was cleared of the charge against him Thursday following a Wednesday night arrest.
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Police Spokesman Explains Dismissal of Jones' Charge
Friday, March 11
According to Susan Miller Degnan of the Miami Herald, he will not be prosecuted on a charge of resisting an officer without violence during a traffic stop, and it is expected that his teammate—Trevor Darling—will receive the same result after getting arrested along with Jones.
Per Miller Degnan, the arrest affidavit said that both men were in the middle of the roadway and impeding traffic. They were then arrested after ignoring multiple orders from police to remove themselves from the area.
Following the dismissal of Jones' charges, Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office spokesman Ed Griffith explained the reasoning: "They determined the arrest form was legally insufficient to substantiate the criminal charge."
According to Miller Degnan, University of Miami athletic director Blake James acknowledged the arrests of Jones and Darling on Thursday in a written statement: "I am aware of the reported incident involving two student-athletes last night and we are still gathering information. I have very high expectations for all of our student-athletes, as I know Coach [Mark] Richt does for his team, and any misconduct will be addressed."
The 19-year-old Jones is a redshirt sophomore who transferred to Miami from ASA College in New York.
Jones has yet to appear in a game for the Hurricanes, but the Brooklyn, New York, native figures to have an opportunity to earn some playing time in 2016.
While his legal issues are no longer a factor following Thursday's dismissal, it isn't yet clear if Jones will face any repercussions from the university.
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