Maurice Jones-Drew escapes charges for bar incident
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew will not be charged in relation to an incident that he allegedly punched a bouncer during a bar fight on Memorial Day Weekend in Florida.
Last month, it was reported that Jones-Drew had assaulted Kasim Howard, a bouncer at the conch House Restaurant in St. Augustine, during a scuffle. However, the Florida state attorney’s office has ruled the evidence insufficient, and will not proceed to charge Jones-Drew, according to ESPN. “Based on the facts and the law, the state cannot establish the charge beyond and to the exclusion of all reasonable doubt,” an announcement from the Florida State Attorney’s Office said.
Supposedly, there had been footage attained by Howard’s attorney of the assault, but the footage must have been inadequate or never existed.
Jones-Drew is relieved that the incident is finally behind him, and it will no longer bother his family or the Jaguars.
“This is a big distraction, and I never wanted it to be that. I never want to be a distraction to this team, period. … About the attention on it, I’m obviously disappointed in that. Not only has it affected the team, it’s affected my family,” he said, reports CBS Sports.
After having a shortened season due to injury, Jones-Drew looks to bounce back post foot surgery, and continue to be one of the elite rushers in the league.