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State of Florida: No battery charge for Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew

3:56 PM, Jun 25, 2013   |    comments
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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- The State Attorney's Office has announced that the State of Florida will not file a simple battery charge against Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew.

"Based on all the facts and the law the State cannot establish the charge beyond and to the exclusion of all reasonable doubt," Assistant State Attorney Christopher France said in an Announcement of No Information.


Jones-Drew was alleged to have been involved in a Memorial Day weekend altercation at The Conch House.

Attorney Gregory Anderson, who was representing 31-year-old security guard Kasim Howard who was allegedly punched at the Conch House by Jones-Drew, said his client "suffered a dislocated jaw and spinal injuries."

Anderson said in a previous release that his client Howard was attempting to protect female patrons from members of Jones-Drew's entourage.

Howard was only hired to work at The Conch House for that one day over the holiday weekend, according to restaurant manager Chip.

Jones-Drew's attorney Hank Coxe said in a letter that surveillance video does not show "anyone throwing a punch, except Mr. Howard." Coxe also released to the media two surveillance tapes, one of which shows a scuffle, but it is difficult to identify any individuals.

TMZ contacted The Conch House and offered to buy the surveillance video, but the restaurant did not sell it to them, Chip said. The Conch House did not initiate contact with TMZ.

Coxe also said in the letter that Jones-Drew remained across the street after the event and "no person took any effort to interview him or anyone with him about these events."


No compensation was offered to Howard on behalf of Jones-Drew to drop the case, Coxe said.

"Such conduct is impermissible both legally and professionally in the State of Florida, and we will not engage in it," Coxe wrote.

Patrick Canan, who is also representing Howard, said there are plans to file a civil lawsuit. Canan also said they will have the video enhanced.

Jones-Drew told First Coast News in a statement he is glad to put the incident behind him.

"Naturally I am pleased with this result and look forward to focusing on football. My rehab is going well and I'm anxious to join my teammates at the start of training camp," Jones-Drew said.

First Coast News

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