TMZ has proven once again to be an unreliable source. Earlier today TMZ reported that Jacksonville Jaguars star running back Maurice Jones-Drew had been charged with battery for punching a security guard in the face.
Contrary to what TMZ reported, no formal charges have been filed on Jones-Drew and investigation is ongoing, according to Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union. A source close to the situation, according to O’Halloran, was quoted as saying that Jones-Drew will not be arrested and will likely never be charged with battery.
The St. Augustine Police Department issued a statement explaining where the case against Jones-Drew stands now:
“The St. Augustine Police Department has taken a notarized statement of Misdemeanor Battery against Jacksonville Jaguar player Maurice Jones-Drew that stemmed from an altercation at the Conch House on Sunday, May 26, 2013. Jones-Drew has not been charged with any crime and maintains his innocence. He is cooperating fully with our investigation.”
It just goes to show that in the media we cannot overreact to every initial news story, especially if the source is less than reputable such as TMZ. It is also important to remember the presumption of innocence, which states that one is innocent until proven guilty. Jones-Drew has yet to be proven guilty and therefore is innocent of this alleged crime. Until there is concrete evidence that he did in fact punch a security guard in the face, he will remain innocent of the allegations.
The Jacksonville Jaguars addressed the allegations on Jones-Drew:
“We are aware of the situation regarding Maurice Jones-Drew and are in the process of gathering more information,” the team said. “Due to this being a legal matter, we’ll have no further comment at this time.”
Jones-Drew will hopefully be cleared for the sake of himself and the entire Jaguars organization. The Jaguars cannot afford any distractions, especially after coming off a franchise-worst record of 2-14 in 2012.