Former Louisville Athlete Chris Jones Charged With Rape
Today it becames apparent why former Louisville guard Chris Jones is no longer playing basketball after reporting on his mysterious dismissal surfaced yesterday. According to the The Courier-Journal, Jones was arrested on charges of rape and sodomy. He has since been released into home arrest on $25,000 bond.
The incident allegedly happened Saturday night, following Jones’ amazing performance against the Miami Hurricanes. He was reinstated for that game following a suspension for sending violent threats to an ex-girlfirend. The first warrant claims the victim, who was treated for her injuries at a hospital, clearly identified the star athlete as her assailant.
The other victim accused Jones and two other individuals — Jalen D. Tilford and Tyvon J. Walker — of forcing her to have sex with them. Tilford was arraigned on rape and sodomy charges, while Walker was just charged with rape: both were given higher bail than the athlete due to Jones voluntarily turning himself in.
As for Jones’ lawyers, they have all obviously claimed his innocence. They even say that Louisville’s surveillance will exonerate him of the crime. At the same time, he has fully cooperated with the police by giving a statement and his first court date is scheduled for March 9.
According to ESPN, while Louisville cannot comment exactly on an ongoing investigation, Jones was kicked off the team due to violating curfew and allegedly being a part of an incident — the serious nature of the crime was not revealed to them until later.
Jones leaves the team being the third highest scorer with 13.7 PPG, 4 RPG and 3.6 APG.