Maurice Jones-Drew will not be charged in restaurant altercation
After having been accused of involvement in a fight at a Conch House restaurant over Memorial Day weekend, Jacksonville Jaguars’ running-back Maurice Jones-Drew will not be charged.
Jones-Drew had been accused by Kasim Howard, a 31-year-old security guard at the Conch House restaurant, of punching him during an argument between Jones-Drew’s associates and women at the restaurant that Howard was trying to break up, reports USA Today.
Howard suffered a dislocated jaw and spinal injuries from the alleged incident, according to Howard’s attorney, Gregory Anderson. However, in a letter that Jones-Drew’s attorney, Hank Coxe,wrote, apparently surveillance video shows that the only person to throw a punch was Howard. The letter was published by First Coast News.
The letter also notes that Jones-Drew took himself out of the situation by remaining across the street, but no one tried to interview him or any of his companions that were allegedly involved in the incident.
“Based on all the facts and the law the State cannot establish the charge beyond and to the exclusion of all reasonable doubt,” Assistant State Attorney Christopher France said in an “announcement of no information” supplied by First Coast News.
Thanks to the elaborate letter Jones-Drew’s attorney put forth, the State of Florida realized that there was no cause to prosecute the Jaguars’ star running-back for just a simple battery charge.
“Naturally I am pleased with this result and look forward to focusing on football,” Jones-Drew, who is recovering from Lisfranc surgery in December, said. “My rehab is going well and I’m anxious to join my teammates at the start of training camp.”