Maurice Jones-Drew is one of the few bright spots in an otherwise dark and depressing Jacksonville Jaguars franchise. Or, he was one of the bright spots until today.
Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has been charged with misdemeanor battery after allegedly striking a security guard in the face at the Conch House bar and restaurant in St. Augustine, Fla. on Sunday.
According to the police report, a friend of Jones-Drew put his hands on a security guard after being warned to stop touching a young woman. An alleged scuffle ensued wherein the security guard -- who goes by the nickname "Hillbilly" in the police report -- put the friend in a headlock. At that point, Jones-Drew allegedly knocked the security guard out with a closed fist to the cheek.
Doctors found contusions and a bone bruise but no broken bones in Hillbilly's swollen jaw.
"We are aware of the situation regarding Maurice Jones-Drew and are in the process of gathering more information," the Jaguars said in a statement to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. "Due to this being a legal matter, we'll have no further comment at this time."
It’s another regrettable incident for the Jags this spring. Just a month ago, star wide receiver Justin Blackmon was suspended four games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.
But hey, the new logo looks great.