Posted July 23, 2013

Police: MTSU players taped assault

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MTSU football J.D. Jones is accused of assaulting an ex-girlfriend. (Daily New

MTSU’s J.D. Jones is accused of assaulting an ex-girlfriend while teammates videotaped it. (Daily News Journal)

Authorities say that Middle Tennessee State football player J.D. Jones choked his former girlfriend while teammates videotaped and narrated the incident, reports the Daily News Journal.

Jones, a 20-year-old defensive tackle, is also accused of choking the same victim, 19-year-old MTSU student Ronni Cantrell, until she agreed to give him money to buy marijuana.

This is among numerous incidents that occurred between October 2012 and May 2013 and resulted in his arrest on two counts of domestic aggravated assault.

“These are obviously troubling charges and these players will remain suspended while Public Safety and Judicial Affairs continue their investigations,” athletic director Chris Massaro said in a statement on Monday.

Two other MTSU players, cornerback Rodney O’Neal and defensive tackle Marcus Robinson, were charged with two counts of aiding and abetting. Jones is held on $60,000 bond, O’Neal on $40,000 and Robinson on $5,000. They are due in court on Aug. 29, the same day as MTSU’s season-opening game against Western Carolina.

All three MTSU players, who are redshirt sophomores, were arrested on Saturday and suspended from the football team.

More from the Daily News Journal:

An arrest warrant for aiding and abetting was issued for Molly Roos, another 19-year-old MTSU student, who was present at the videotaped incident, according to the police report.

Iman Smith, a redshirt freshman linebacker for MTSU, was also listed as a suspect and present for at least one of the alleged assaults, according to the police report, but he has not been charged with a crime.


8 comments
peoriaboy
peoriaboy

Suspended while the investigation goes forth ,that should be they will never play football again for any college as I just read  comment the coach for the patriots say they should of never hired Hernandez because of his drug   and whatever else ,so why would these clowns ever be considered to play again.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

This would be a group of those "amateur student-athletes" the NCAA loves to talk about so much.

NoQNoSuperBowl
NoQNoSuperBowl

Not only does the jabroni commit a crime his posse films him doing it. Fine students athletes these young men are.

jshunk16
jshunk16

Gimme money, beotch! I need to buy some weed!

CharlesOwen
CharlesOwen

I am just waiting for the Rev. Al Sharpton to show up and take the lead on violence against women in this country.  Seriously, your friends videotape and narrate while you choke and you assault a woman!  Where is the national outrage over domestic violence in this country?  Why is Obama not making a statement in the White House Briefing Room at this very moment stating that "Ronni Cantrell could have been my daughter!"

QuothTheRavenNevermore
QuothTheRavenNevermore

@CharlesOwen'Where is the national outrage over domestic violence in this country?' Couldn't agree with you more, be it against women, men or children.

jshunk16
jshunk16

@CharlesOwen Unfortunately for us, this is not about race, so Al won't be showing up.

muser
muser

@jshunk16 It is about race. The race that commits the vast majority of violent crime. Al isn't concerned about those people, just himself.