Yesterday we noted that a trio of Eastern Michigan football players had been charged with aggravated assault in connection to an incident last Friday afternoon, although no details were released.
That changed a day later, and it casts the incident in a slightly different light.
According to court records obtained by mlive.com, EMU defensive back Darius Scott and wide receivers Quincy Jones and Jay Jones (pictured) stand accused of assaulting 24-year-old Demarko Taylor. Taylor is the cousin of Kristopher Pratt, who pleaded guilty earlier this year to the second-degree murder of Demarius Reed.
Reed was an EMU receiver at the time of his murder last October. Suffice to say, the relationship between Pratt and Taylor — Taylor was at a party with Pratt a few hours before the shooting and had talked to Reed — played a role in the latter’s alleged assault.
From a phone conversation Taylor had with the website:
He said he was walking back home after a trip to the store Kampus Korner, 819 Huron River Drive, and he saw the trio drive by him.
He said he was with two friends and told them, “Watch, they’re going to turn around and jump me.” Not long after, he said the Dodge sedan the three players were in turned back around. Taylor said he tried to talk to them, saying he had nothing to do with Reed’s murder, but the players didn’t listen.
“They’re not trying to hear it,” he said. “They want revenge or something.”
Taylor suffered a broken facial bone and required stitches, with the website writing that “[h]e was taken to a local hospital and was in stable condition after the assault.” No weapons were used in the alleged assault, police said.
There had been one prior run-in between Taylor and EMU football players prior to the incident late last week, the alleged victim said.
All three of the football players were released on a $5,000 bond Friday evening. Scott and Quincy Jones have pretrial hearings set for next Monday, while none has been scheduled for the other Jones.
The school is aware of the situation, which is why none of the players participated in the season opener Saturday. There is no word on whether any of the three will play this weekend against Florida at The Swamp.
Jay Jones, a redshirt junior, was third on the Eagles last year with 25 receptions for 293 yards in starting 10 games. Scott has started 12 games the past two seasons, including five as a junior last season.
Quincy Jones has totaled 10 receptions 84 yards during his time in Ypsilanti.