Jones apologizes for accidentally carrying gun into airport

Updated: August 25, 2008, 7:22 PM ET
Associated Press

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee receiver Brandon Jones apologized in court Monday for accidentally carrying a handgun into an airport and could have the misdemeanor charge expunged after six months in a diversion plan.

His attorney, David Raybin, said Jones also paid a $500 fine after his General Sessions Court appearance concerning the June incident.

Jones was trying to catch a flight to Phoenix and had forgotten the .32-caliber gun was in a small pouch inside a bag. He issued an apology at the time, and airport police confiscated the gun.

"He's a great football player, and he's got a great career ahead of him," Raybin said. "He made an error, and he apologized profusely."

Jones had 931 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in his first three NFL seasons.

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