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Texas WR Cayleb Jones charged with felony assault

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A domestic-related incident has led to, at least initially, some very serious legal hot water for a member of the Texas football program.

According to multiple outlets, Longhorns wide receiver Cayleb Jones has been charged with aggravated assault, a second-degree felony in the state of Texas.  A warrant has been issued for Jones’ arrest, although it’s not yet known if he’s turned himself in to authorities.

The felony charge arose due to bodily injury suffered by the alleged victim, a UT tennis player.  Jones allegedly broke the jaw of a man — identified as Joseph Swaysland — who was dating a UT volleyball player, a female who Jones had a prior relationship as well that ended badly.

An affidavit described the unprovoked assault as occurring on Feb. 22.  The women, Katherine Bell, stated in court documents that Jones “carried jealousy and anger” following their breakup, with Jones telling her a week prior to the alleged punch that broke Swaysland’s jaw that he doesn’t “like the way you are happy and I don’t want you talking to [him].”

In a statement, UT head coach Mack Brown said that Jones “has been suspended from all team activities pending the completion of the legal process.”

While Jones had just two receptions for 35 yards as a true freshman last season, he was viewed as a viable contender for a starting job entering the spring.  At the least, he was expected to see an increased workload in the regular season.  Now, depending on how the legal situation plays out, Jones could be looking at multi-game suspension, provided he even remains on the team.

A four-star member of the Longhorns’ 2012 recruiting class, Jones was rated as the No. 5 receiver in the country, the No. 7 player in the state of Texas and the No. 41 player in the nation at any position.

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24 Responses to “Texas WR Cayleb Jones charged with felony assault”
  1. deucez2 says: Mar 12, 2013 6:39 PM

    More embarrassment, awesome. I have a feeling this is just the start.

  2. ancientcougar says: Mar 12, 2013 7:22 PM

    You have to be able to control yourself in a civilized society or be punished as a result, no matter what the heartache.

  3. 13datsyuk13 says: Mar 12, 2013 7:45 PM

    Get control of your team Mack!

  4. guinsrule says: Mar 12, 2013 8:15 PM

    A football player losing a girl to a tennis player…now that’s a shot to the ol’ ego.

  5. goodfieldnohit says: Mar 12, 2013 8:35 PM

    He had to sucker punch a tennis player?

    Bev Kearney, Major Applewhite, Jordan Hicks, RapeCase McCoy, Cayleb Jones.

    Horns looking strong in the Fulmer Cup Race.

    The tennis team should wear OU football jerseys around campus to scare away the football players.

  6. goodfieldnohit says: Mar 12, 2013 8:49 PM

    Oh yeah, the assault happened on Feb 22. Jones was allowed to take part in spring practice. The tennis player has a BROKEN JAW. Mack Brown is letting the inmates run the asylum.

  7. goodfieldnohit says: Mar 12, 2013 9:19 PM

    Texas football coach Mack Brown issued the following statement: “We are aware of Cayleb’s situation and disappointed any time one of our players is accused of wrongdoing. We have talked with Cayleb and his family, and he has been suspended from all team activities pending the completion of the legal process. Any further action will be handled at the conclusion of the legal process.”

    Accused?

    The volleyball girl witnessed it. Jones confessed to a coach. It happened on Feb 22, and Mack did nothing until today, because the story went public.

    Go play a sport at the University of Texas and experience that family atmosphere they are so proud of.

  8. dylude says: Mar 12, 2013 9:53 PM

    Mack Brown has a job because he is willing to go to bat for his players (up to a certain limit).

    I asked multiple players when the Jim Tressel situation happened if Mack would have done the same, and they all said yes undoubtedly. I think any coach in a major football program has to do so, since recruiting is the name of the game and we all know that not all of the best recruits are emotional well adjusted. It’s the cost of doing business and if you recruit em, you gotta stick by em (until you can’t anymore).

    My point… I’m not surprised he didn’t do anything until the story came out and anyone that expects more isn’t a Longhorn, affiliated with a major college program, or is just naive.

    Move along. 4 game suspension. Crime of passion by a teenager who happens to be really strong.

  9. deucez2 says: Mar 12, 2013 9:55 PM

    @goodfieldnohit

    You’re an aggie but post in every Texas thread. You must have a serious hard on for Texas. Can’t seem to get out of that role, eh?

    Enjoy your teams flirtation with relevance. Lord knows you haven’t felt it in a while, right?

  10. thefiesty1 says: Mar 12, 2013 10:06 PM

    He caught two passes for 35 yards last season. It’s not like they were depending on him to be a star. Jealousy of his ex girlfriend, give it up. It happens every day to many students on any campus. At least it wasn’t a fake dead girlfriend just to get some publicity.

  11. goodfieldnohit says: Mar 12, 2013 10:15 PM

    @deucez2 –

    I’m enjoying this, you bet. Every bit of negative publicity for the University of Texas athletic department is a factor when it comes to winning the publicity war, the hearts and minds of fans, and of recruits.

    You guys are getting out recruited by Baylor, for crying out loud.

    Keep Mack, keep DeLoss, keep everyone.

    The college sports world is laughing at you.

  12. goodfieldnohit says: Mar 12, 2013 10:24 PM

    Cleve Bryant – nicknamed Ol’ Freak Nasty. He assaulted two women, got quietly terminated by DeLoss. Was hired by Jim Bob Moffett, the head of Freeport MacMoran, and avid longhorn booster.

    Bev Kearney – had a longterm sexual relationship with one of her female athletes that she coached.
    Terminated with prejudice.

    Major Applewhite – Opie. Had sex ‘once’ with a female student trainer for the football team during bowl game preparations. Not only was she a theoretical subordinate to him, his wife was at home 9 months pregnant. Got a pay raise.

    Jordan Hicks and (Rape)Case McCoy – met a girl the night before the bowl game. Hicks ‘made love’ to her while McCoy claims to only have watched.
    Both still on the team.

  13. stevegilbert11 says: Mar 12, 2013 11:08 PM

    Mack is turning into Bowden (Bobby) fat and happy…watch him, all he does is clap. I’m hoping Chip fails in Philidelphia and bolts to Austin next yr….hey, a guy can dream…….

  14. stevegilbert11 says: Mar 12, 2013 11:19 PM

    And careful where u throw stones Aggie…Johnny football is prolly snortin a line off a whores ass, as I type. Hes a walkin powder keg, but I understand, this is the first time in about 20 yrs your relevant, so You guys got a lot pent up that needs to come out.

  15. amosalanzostagg says: Mar 12, 2013 11:33 PM

    deucez2 wrote: Mar 12, 2013 9:55 PM

    @goodfieldnohit

    You’re an aggie but post in every Texas thread. You must have a serious hard on for Texas. Can’t seem to get out of that role, eh?

    Enjoy your teams flirtation with relevance. Lord knows you haven’t felt it in a while, right?

    And Texas still hasn’t recovered from the ass whipping we gave them in the National Championship game.

    Well, Texas has the vaunted LHN in about 50,000
    houses and a nice little conference with 8 wanna be’s and OU. Think of the Big 12 as the Big 8 2.0.
    a regional conference with Lubbock, Ames, Waco,Stillwater, Morgantown, Ft Worth and Lawrence as must see destinations for all those 5 star recruits.

    Texas opened up recruiting for the SEC to really exploited in the decades to come and A&M is a much more attractive partner in the SEC than Texas ever could have been.

    We get to recruit Texas and don’t have to deal with the arrogant, condescending longhorns. The SEC made out like bandits.

    Roll Tide

  16. amosalanzostagg says: Mar 12, 2013 11:41 PM

    dylude,

    4 game suspension?

    The guy is facing jail time. He will probably never play football for UT ever again. Texas would have a major PR problem, especially with women. The kid
    is expendable. Negative publicity would only make Texas look worse. “He assaulted a person he never knew, but hey, look at what he can do on the field!”

    Saban at least jettisoned his baggage quickly and moved on, Brown keeps this kid and UT just keeps being laughed at nationally.

    Roll Tide

  17. goodfieldnohit says: Mar 13, 2013 12:10 AM

    Keep bringin the ‘Aggies are now relevant for the first time in forever’ smack.

    You’re right. We are relevant. Say it with me.

    Texas A&M owns the state of Texas.

    The University of Texas is scared to play Texas A&M in any sport. On Thanksgiving, they would rather play a home game every single year, alternating between Texas Tech and TCU, than play Texas A&M in a home and home arrangement.

    And we’re not going away any time soon. We beat OU by 4 TD’s, and OU hung 63 on you.

    Say it with me.

    The Texas Longhorns are irrelevant.

  18. goodfieldnohit says: Mar 13, 2013 12:53 AM

    OH – In other news, JIm Bob Moffett announced that his company, Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc., has hired University of Texas tennis player Joseph Swaysland as an Extra Special Assistant to Special Assistant Cleve Bryant.

  19. denverdude7 says: Mar 13, 2013 8:48 AM

    Let’s be real here. A couple of season passes, a “heartfelt” apology, a few bucks to cover medical expenses and this all goes away like it never happened.

    I’d be willing to bet there isn’t even a follow-up article printed.

  20. tgaustin says: Mar 13, 2013 9:39 AM

    I love how typical Aggie…and yes, everyone in the state of Texas, no matter what school you attend, understands the term “typical Aggie”. The SEC schools will soon pick up on this, they just need some time. GOOODSH!T, you my friend are the biggest friggin’ idiot who post on this website…you live in AUSTIN!!! Dude, I know it must have really sucked getting kicked out of the Corp of crap, wishing you could have been a “milkmen”…a.k.a yell leader. You hate Texas because you wish you could be Texas…that’s why you moved to Austin right???? I would tread lightly my friend!!

  21. dg0122 says: Mar 13, 2013 11:32 AM

    goodfieldnohit- your inferiority complex is showing

  22. florida727 says: Mar 13, 2013 11:54 AM

    “Now, depending on how the legal situation plays out, Jones could be looking at multi-game suspension, provided he even remains on the team.”

    —————————————————–

    Uhh… couldn’t he be facing JAIL TIME since it is a FELONY? I think he has more serious repercussions to worry about than whether or not he plays a freaking football game.

  23. dylude says: Mar 13, 2013 12:10 PM

    If 18 year old senior has a sophomore girlfriend he could be facing jail time but it doesn’t make him a serial rapist. My point is that this is 2nd degree assault because the teenager in question happens to work out 3 hours a day, but he didn’t stomp this guy and rob him. It let his emotions get the better of him, and 4 game suspension will come.

    You can’t even compare this to the Alabama guys, there is non plea deal coming, those guys are serving time. I doubt that a fist fight in Texas lands this kid behind bars. If you don’t know Texas, please don’t comment with arrogance. We all read the story and heard the facts.

  24. amosalanzostagg says: Mar 13, 2013 6:56 PM

    denverdude7 wrote: Mar 13, 2013 8:48 AM

    Let’s be real here. A couple of season passes, a “heartfelt” apology, a few bucks to cover medical expenses and this all goes away like it never happened.

    I’d be willing to bet there isn’t even a follow-up article printed.

    Denverdude,

    Except the NCAA would be all over that as a rather poor attempt to influence an outside judicial outcome. Texas has already suspended the player. The kid will never play for the University of Texas football team. Like true competition which Texas abhors, Texas hates negative press. Dodds and Brown will have an announcement after spring football that the player in question has left school and that will be the end of his playing career at Texas.

    A quiet settlement will be negotiated between the afflicted party and UT and the records will be sealed.

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