Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew was hoping to have a quiet offseason following his tumultuous holdout last offseason that kept him in the news, but he is not going to get that wish.
On Tuesday, the St. Augustine Police said that they were investigating an incident between Jones-Drew and a man at the Conch House restaurant that occurred over Memorial Day weekend. In the incident, Jones-Drew allegedly punched a security guard during an altercation involving his friends that left the guard with a swollen jaw.
Jones-Drew has been charged with misdemeanor battery, but all indications from the St. Augustine Police are that Jones-Drew is fully cooperating with the investigation despite the fact that he has already returned to Miami to continue rehabbing his surgically-repaired foot.
This incident is a potentially big distraction for Jones-Drew, who is entering a contract year and coming off of a significant foot injury that cost him most of the 2012 season. The Jaguars are aware of the situation, but have yet to issue a statement.
Eyewitness reports of the event suggest that Jones-Drew punched a security guard at the Conch House restaurant after he put Jones-Drew’s friend in a headlock. According to the eyewitness, Jones-Drew’s friend became physical with the guard after being told to stop touching a female customer.
The Jaguars are counting on Jones-Drew being a centerpiece of their offense this season, but this incident may bring down some punishment from the league.
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