Titans CB Jones charged with disorderly conduct
Jones will not play Saturday at Atlanta in the Titans' third preseason game.
"I am going sit him out of this game on principle and not because I believe he is guilty in this case based on what I believe the facts are at this time," coach Jeff Fisher said in a statement released Friday. "Last January I let the team know that they would be held to a higher standard and this does not meet that standard."
Officers saw Jones arguing loudly with a woman outside a nightclub where a rap concert had been held, according to the police report. The 22-year-old Jones was described by police as slurring his speech, having bloodshot eyes and smelling strongly of alcohol.
The arrest came the day after the Titans broke training camp.
Jones was arguing with a woman he accused of stealing his wallet inside the club and passing it to one of her friends, according to police. Officers said they ordered Jones to leave several times, but he refused and continued to shout profanities.
Jones was released from custody in lieu of $750 bond.
He refused to sign an incident report over the theft of his wallet, which authorities said contained $750.
"I was an innocent bystander,'' Jones said. "I wasn't drunk. I was there with my hands behind my back. I tried to do everything right. I went there and got my wallet stolen, credit card and everything. I tried to get it back and went up to the police and they end up arresting me.''
Jones' attorney told WSMV-TV in Nashville that Jones became even more upset after he felt that responding officers didn't make any effort to find out who took the wallet and purse.
"It was my understanding that there was little or no investigation of the theft of the purse or the theft of the wallet," Roger May said. "Their response was to get him to leave, which he did" before officers arrested him as he drove away.
The woman Jones was arguing with, Shakkiah Curtis, said his wallet and her purse were taken by other patrons at the club, the report said.
Another club patron also has filed a police complaint, accusing Jones of assaulting her. Toya Garth of Antioch told police Curtis accused her of taking the purse and that Jones spit in her face. She said she spit back at him. Garth didn't immediately seek an arrest warrant against Jones, the sheriff's department said.
"This was not a big issue, he just turned it into one," Murfreesboro Police Lt. Alvin Baird said. "It is not unusual to come across a person who'd had too much to drink at a bar, and you just say, 'If someone can take you home, then go home.'
"He had every opportunity to leave. Nobody would have even known about this incident if he would've just gone home. But when people are drinking, they don't always make the best decisions. He put us in a place where we had to do something."
Earlier in the week, Jones had talked about buying approximately 60 tickets for family and friends to watch him play against his hometown team, the Atlanta Falcons, Saturday night.
Almost three months after the Titans made him the sixth overall pick in the 2005 draft, Jones was arrested after an incident at a nightclub. The charges were later dismissed.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press