Jacksonville Jaguars starting running back Maurice Jones-Drew has been charged with battery after punching a security guard with a closed fist on the guard’s left cheek, according to TMZ. St. Augustine Police first confirmed to Action News that Jones-Drew was involved in an altercation with an unidentified man at Reggae Sunday at the Conch House restaurant on May 26th.
TMZ reported that Jones-Drew knocked out the security guard with his punch. The altercation began when a friend of Jones-Drew was told by a security guard to stop inappropriately touching a young female. Jones-Drew’s friend responded by slapping the security guard, igniting the brawl. The security guard supposedly put Jones-Drew’s friend in a headlock, enticing Jones-Drew to clock the guard in the face.
The security guard was rushed to the hospital after being struck by Jones-Drew, and doctors found contusions and a bone bruise on the guard but no broken bones.
This is discouraging news for a Jaguars franchise that has been in turmoil in recent seasons. Jones-Drew, one of the lone bright spots on the struggling franchise’s roster, appeared in just five games last season after suffering a season-ending injury to his right foot.
Jones-Drew, who suffered a Lisfranc injury, rushed for just 414 yards in 2012 and reached the end zone just once. This battery charge could hurt the potential future earnings of Jones-Drew who is a free agent after this season.
The Jaguars were the laughing stock of the NFL last season after winning just two games. Jones-Drew getting a battery charge will only further the demoralizing jokes on a franchise that is constantly in jeopardy of relocating.