NFL problems: Jaguars’ Jones Cocaine Scandal


By last August 5th 2008. Jacksonville Jaguars’ wide receiver Matt Jones was having the best training camp of his NFL career since he was chosen in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft as the 21st player chosen overall., according to the Florida Times-Union; in spite of his recent arrest on July 10th, when he was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance. After the arrest Jones’ father made a public statement: “We want to make it clear that Matt was not in possession of any drugs, but that there were drugs in the vehicle and were located in the closest proximity to Matt”. Matt Jones did acknowledge to the authorities that the substance found was cocaine.


There have been many issues with the law through out NFL history where many players have been charged and some convicted with drug possession. In this case, the NFL receiver Matt Jones pleaded not guilty on Monday to possession of cocaine, a charge that carries up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.


Besides his charges, Jones has had issues with his team and fans have criticized him for not living up to his potential, about this issue, Jones claims injury trouble that has kept him from being at his best the past two years playing for the NFL. According to some reports, before training camp Jones was working out at Greensboro, N.C., run by former NFL receiver Ricky Proehl, where he worked on routes.


At this moment his NFL career with the Jaguars seems to be fine. Matt Jones is right now free on a $2,500 bond and faces an October 10th trial date. After the incident, Matt Jones did apologize to Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver, to Del Rio and to his team mates. Jones made a name for himself at the NFL Combine, measuring a height of 6’6″ and weighing 242 pounds and putting up scores during the tests that showed speed and explosive ability not been seen before in a player of his size.

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