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Illini's Jones pleads not guilty to assault

Posted on: July 15, 2011 12:30 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 1:14 pm
 

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Illinois defensive lineman Chris Jones was in a Champaign County court room on Thursday where he pleaded not guilty to the aggravated assault charges he's facing. The charges stem fron an incident on July 3rd in which Jones allegedly attacked two gay men.

The men told the police that they had been outside of a bar in Champaign when a car drove by them with someone inside it shouting gay slurs at them. That man was apparently Jones, and apparently the words weren't enough for him. The men said that Jones then got out of the car and punched both of them, as they each suffered minor facial injuries from the encounter.

Jones was suspended from the Illinois football team and is currently being held in jail on $100,000 bond.

This wouldn't be Jones' first run-in with the law, as he has a prior conviction for cocaine possession in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida.

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