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Battery charge lands Illini player in jail

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While we’re here wishing y’all a happy Fourth of July, how about we reset the “Days Without An Arrest” ticker back to double zeros?

And, no, jump-starting a vehicle did not land the player in question in legal hot water as the headline implies.

Rather, the Chicago Tribune reports, Illinois defensive tackle Chris Jones was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with aggravated battery following an incident in Champagne.

The alleged victims, a pair of 28- and 19-year-old males, told police they were attacked by Jones because of their “sexual orientation”. ┬áJones claimed that the incident was in retaliation for a fight that had taken place a week earlier.

Neither of the alleged victims were hospitalized, although the police report noted that one man had noticeable swelling on the right side of his face while the other had a cut lip on the inside of his mouth.

Head coach Ron Zook is aware of the incident, and a school spokesperson told the Tribune that any discipline will be handled internally.

Jones is a three-star member of the Illini’s 2011 recruiting class.

(Tip O’ the Cap: Arrest Nation.com)

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2 Responses to “Battery charge lands Illini player in jail”
  1. thegonz13 says: Jul 4, 2011 1:48 PM

    Why is it that all we hear about in college football is players getting arrested and/or players reneging on their commitment and changing schools?

  2. paulbrownsrevenge says: Jul 5, 2011 1:49 AM

    Because the media is hellbent on defacing college football.

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