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Three MTSU players charged in assault case dismissed from team

Rick Stockstill, Benny Cunningham, Logan Kilgore AP

One of the more disturbing off-the-field stories of this offseason has resulted the dismissal of three Middle Tennessee football players.

The university announced Wednesday that defensive tackles J.D. Jones and Marcus Robinson and cornerback Rodney O’Neal are no longer on the team. The three were previously suspended for their alleged involvement in an assault case that carried with it some frightening details.

The Murfreesboro Daily News Journal previously reported that Jones was videotaped, by Robinson and O’Neal, allegedly choking a female victim in order to get her to cough up money that would be used to buy marijuana. Jones is facing two counts of domestic aggravated assault; Robinson and O’Neal were charged with two counts of aiding and abetting. All three are due in court Aug. 29.

“I have decided to dismiss J.D. Jones, Rodney O’Neal and Marcus Robinson from our football program. I took my time in making this decision, as I wanted to make sure I gathered as much information as possible,” MTSU coach Rick Stockstill (pictured) said in a statement. “Their actions do not reflect upon all the good surrounding our football program. Every choice a person makes has consequences, good or bad. And unfortunately, their choice has led me to dismiss them from the team.”

Jones was likely the only of the three players in line for significant playing time in 2013.

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3 Responses to “Three MTSU players charged in assault case dismissed from team”
  1. grattanstanford says: Aug 1, 2013 1:33 AM

    Maybe they thought committing a violent crime was a prerequisite for being in the NFL. Can’t blame em.
    If they have enough talent someone in the league will be willing to finance their criminal lifestyle until their pot dealer ends up dead and the police close in

  2. imaduffer says: Aug 1, 2013 11:08 AM

    Now, should I go for it with 4th and 1 or should I kick a field goal? Time out! I need to think about this.

  3. jackericsson says: Aug 1, 2013 8:51 PM

    An excellent example for all football programs. We need to run the thugs out of college and pro football.

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