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Felony for Longhorns WR Cayleb Jones reduced

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Thanks to the wonders of the American judicial system, the door for Cayleb Jones remaining a member of the Texas Longhorns has been kicked open another inch or two.

Arrested in mid-March on a felony assault charge, the UT wide receiver has seen that charge reduced to a misdemeanor.  The reduced charge was filed to the county attorney’s office on April 12, the Dallas Morning News among others reports.

Jones allegedly broke the jaw of a man — identified as UT tennis player Joseph Swaysland — who was dating a UT volleyball player, a female who Jones had a prior relationship as well that ended badly.

“We looked at it and don’t believe it fits the definition of serious bodily injury,” Travis County assistant district attorney Gary Cobb told the Austin American-Statesman. “There is bodily injury, but it doesn’t meet the legal definition (for a felony).”

Shortly after the charge was made public, Jones was indefinitely suspended by head coach Mack Brown.  There’s been no comment from the football program on any change in Jones’ status.

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 continues to play out, Jones could still 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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7 Responses to “Felony for Longhorns WR Cayleb Jones reduced”
  1. seanb20124 says: Apr 24, 2013 6:18 AM

    Broken jaw is not a serious injury says the man without the broken jaw

  2. melkipershero says: Apr 24, 2013 6:18 AM

    This cant be true because according to most only SEC players get arrested. 😉

  3. billobrienschindimple says: Apr 24, 2013 9:36 AM

    So I’ve been looking at TX penal code, and as far as I can tell the only thing that precludes me this from being a felony assault is that the Prosecutor believes that sustaining a broken jaw is not serious injury. It’s not like Tennis season was starting shortly either. Chalk one more incident dismissed or hushed up because the alleged perpetrator plays football. That’s how we roll here in ‘Murica.

  4. mgmac says: Apr 24, 2013 11:15 AM

    obviously, mack brown has not lost all his magic

  5. tipstopten says: Apr 24, 2013 12:26 PM

    Typical, the UT program gets a pass on everything
    this guy gets off, Applewhite got off. When
    will the great state of texas enforce what they
    preach”Rule of Law”

  6. pinchegringo12 says: Apr 24, 2013 2:07 PM

    Texas’ depth was getting thin at WR, so the boosters stepped in. Btw, who’s paying for one of the best defense lawyers in Austin? New Texas univ personnel dept stipend? Book ‘em

  7. v2the4 says: Apr 24, 2013 10:10 PM

    UT receiving depth is strong..they only lost one player from last year in Marquis Goodwin, and bring back Mike Davis, Jaxson Shipley, John Harris, a trio of sophomores in Daje Johnson, Bryant Jackson and Kendall Sanders, along with redshirt freshmen in Marcus Johnson..they also have a true freshman coming in from Houston named Jacori Warrick and this kid is the truth.

    after playing the most freshmen in the country in 2011 and 2012, UT will have 19 returning starters and will have both specialists back as well….UT should do no worse than 10-2 in the regular season.

    as for Cayleb Jones, if he gets his legal situation worked out, he may be back, but its possible he may have lost his spot in the rotation and will have to compete for playing time along with the aforementioned players. Jones could possibly be looking to transfer if he cant work out his issues.

    as for the rule of law..yeah, Applewhite got off, but he didnt break any laws…he had an error in judgement having a sexual relatonship with a student trainer in 2009.

    the same rules didnt apply to UT’s womens track coach, Bev Kerney, who was fired from UT lat last year when her relationship with a female student was made known to the admin. she is currently suing UT for back pay as she had three years remaining on her contract with a raise from 290k to 450k when she was let go..

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