Texas WR Jones charged with felony assault
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas sophomore wide receiver Cayleb Jones was charged Tuesday with felony aggravated assault of a Longhorns tennis player, with police saying he fractured the victim's jaw with a punch outside a downtown nightclub.
A warrant was issued for Jones' arrest and an Austin police spokeswoman said Jones was expected to turn himself in later Tuesday. Coach Mack Brown suspended Jones until the case is resolved.
According to police, Jones punched Joseph Swaysland after Jones confronted Swaysland and Texas volleyball player Katherine Bell on Feb. 22. She told police she had been in a relationship with Jones that ended badly and that Jones had previously threatened to fight Swaysland.
Bell said Jones told her he didn't want to see her speaking to any men, notably the victim, according to a police affidavit in support of the arrest warrant. The charge is a second degree felony with a punishment range up to 20 years in prison.
According to police, Jones and Bell both reported the incident to Texas strength coach Bennie Wylie, who told Jones to tell his family and get an attorney. Wylie told Bell to tell her coaches and Wylie gave a sworn statement to police confirming Jones had confessed the assault to him, the affidavit said.
Attorney information for Jones was not immediately available.
Brown issued a statement that Texas officials were "aware of Cayleb's situation and disappointed any time one of our players is accused of wrongdoing. We have talked with Cayleb and his family, and he has been suspended from all team activities pending the completion of the legal process. Any further action will be handled at the conclusion of the legal process.''
Brown's statement did not say if Wylie or anyone else reported the incident to him before Tuesday.
Jones was a high school All-American who caught only two passes last season but was expected to play a much larger role in the Longhorns' offense in 2013.
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