UPDATE: Thursday, May 30 at 11:35 a.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland
The attorney for the security guard who was allegedly assaulted by Jones-Drew has released a statement, according to Ryan O'Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.
Per that statement:
“This past Sunday, May 26 during Reggae Sunday at the Conch House Marina Resort, Jacksonville Jaguars [player] Maurice Jones-Drew viciously attacked and severely injured Conch House’s security officer, Kasim Howard, 31, of St. Augustine. At the time Mr. Jones-Drew attacked him, Mr. Howard was attempting to protect several female patrons from harassment by members of Mr. Jones-Drew’s entourage. Prior to the attack, Mr. Howard never saw, spoke with, let alone confronted Mr. Jones-Drew. Conch House security video captures Mr. Jones-Drew rapidly approaching Mr. Howard from the back-left side and sucker punching him in the jaw. As a result of this attack, Mr. Howard suffered a dislocated jaw and spinal injuries. He was hospitalized, later released and is recovering at home.
“The current attempts by some to characterize this as a ‘scuffle’ are misleading and unsupported by any evidence. Any fair-minded person watching the video has to conclude that Mr. Jones-Drew initiated an unprovoked attack on Mr. Howard and then literally ran away from the scene. The videos, in addition to virtually all eyewitness accounts, unequivocally prove that Mr. Jones-Drew attacked the security officer without provocation. We are evaluating the remedies available to Mr. Howard, who conducted himself professionally. Mr. Jones-Drew’s conduct was deplorable and certainly unbecoming a professional athlete. Those attempting to sanitize this incident are either uninformed or motivated by reasons other than justice.”
Jones-Drew's agent states that the running back's position on the matter has been the same since the start, per Ian Rapoport.
UPDATE: Thursday, May 30, at 10:50 a.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland
Maurice Jones-Drew's potential legal woes have continued, and is believed that a resolution to the incident won't come until next week, according to a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Jones-Drew will meet with police Friday to provide a statement. By next week, he’ll learn whether charges will be pursued.
TMZ confirmed that while police initially reported that charges had been filed, they "misrepresented" the situation.
Now, a rep for the S.A.P.D. tells TMZ ... they screwed up and "misrepresented" the situation.
According to cops ... no charges have been filed against Jones-Drew, however, he IS being investigated for allegedly punching a security guard in the face ... and is a "person of interest."
Cops say Jones-Drew and his attorney are being cooperative with the investigation. After the investigation is complete, we're told the case will be sent to the State Attorney's office, which will determine if charges will be filed.
Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times-Union had the initial confirmation of TMZ's first report from the authorities.
From TMZ's initial report:
According to the police report obtained by TMZ, MJD is accused of striking the security guard with a closed fist on the guard's left cheek, knocking him out.
According to cops, the punch was intentional.
The report states Jones-Drew was at The Conch House Marina Resort restaurant in St. Augustine, Florida when security advised a member of his group to stop making contact with a female. Chaos allegedly ensued after the acquaintance got physical with the security guard.
That's when Jones-Drew reportedly got involved, punching a security guard and causing injuries described as a jaw that was "swollen a great deal and had a large lump." No broken bones were found in a subsequent hospital trip.
TMZ reached out to Jones-Drew's camp for comment about the incident but didn't receive a reply. The entire ordeal reportedly occurred on May 26. No further details were provided.
O'Halloran also reported that the Jaguars are aware of the situation.
Until more information becomes available about the nature and severity of the charges, it will remain unclear how Jones-Drew will be impacted moving forward. Of course, he is the centerpiece of a Jacksonville offense that is already without wide receiver Justin Blackmon for the first four games of the 2013 season.
The NFL treats off-field incidents like this very seriously, but any sort of disciplinary action won't come into play until all of the details surrounding the situation are provided by police.