It might surprise you to hear that an athlete has found himself in legal trouble. Alright maybe that was an exaggeration. Nevertheless, NBA forward Terrence Jones of the Houston Rockets has found himself in court for allegedly stomping on a homeless man’s legs outside a Portland nightclub.
Entering his second season in the league, Jones was expected to compete for a starting position opposite newly acquired Dwight Howard this season. Houston will look to become an instant contender by adding on a high profile player such as Howard, and Jones had the perfect opportunity to become a complimentary big man in what figured to become a top notch front court.
Occurring outside of a nightclub in Portland, Jones’ hometown, police say they witnessed Terrence yell at a homeless man and then stomp outside his legs after leaving a nightclub near where two homeless men were sleeping. The incident took place at roughly 2 a.m. on Wednesday at a nightclub called Tube according to the Sergeant that filed the charges.
Portland Sergeant Anthony Passadore says he witnessed the NBA forward leave the club and walk past a doorway where two homeless men were sleeping. He then yelled “Wake up!” at one of the men, later identified as 46 year old Daniel John Lellerher. Jones then stomped his foot down on Lellerher’s leg, he was injured but did not require medical attention as a result.
NBA forward Terrence Jones plead not guilty in his initial court appearance. His next court date is September 6.
The Houston Rockets had no comment on the matter.
Neither his agent, or his former high school coach at Jefferson High School could be reached for comment. Jones led the Jefferson Democrats to three state titles.
KATU News of Portland reported that “21 yr old Terrence Jones in tears, waiting to be processed so he can leave court building.”
His rookie season in the NBA was not as illustrious as he planned, Terrence Jones spent most of the year in the Development league, only taking the court 19 times for the Rockets. In those 19 games he averaged 5.5 points and 3.4 rebounds.
A Kentucky Wildcat, he was a major part of their 2011 run to the Final Four as well as their National Championship in 2012.
We will update you on developments into NBA forward Terrence Jones of the Houston Rockets and the charges against him for allegedly stomping a homeless man. If he is found guilty, he certainly would face legal sanctions as well as a suspension from the league.
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