The Jacksonville Jaguars just can’t seem to catch a break. Since last making the playoffs in 2007, the Jags have endured arguably the worst period in franchise history, going 27-53 over the past 5 seasons with no winning records, let alone playoff berths. In 2011, they hoped to find their new franchise quarterback in Missouri’s Blaine Gabbert, but he’s been a colossal bust to this point, and the last thing this team needs it to have it’s best player in trouble with the law.
Too bad Maurice Jones-Drew didn’t get that memo, as he was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery after an incident at a St. Augustine restaurant Sunday night:
The St. Augustine Police Department said Jones-Drew struck a security guard, “knocking him out,” during an altercation at the Conch House Restaurant and Marina.
The police say Jones-Drew left the scene before they arrived.
The Jaguars released a statement this afternoon: “We are aware of the situation regarding Maurice Jones-Drew and are in the process of gathering more information. Due to this being a legal matter, we’ll have no further comment at this time.”
The police also said that the security guard suffered contusions and a swollen jaw. It’s hard to see Jones-Drew escaping this without some kind of significant discipline from the NFL. Jones-Drew is still viewed among the upper-class of NFL running backs, and just two years ago, he led the NFL in rushing yards during the 2011 season. He also broke the Jaguars franchise records for both rushing yards in a season and total yards from scrimmage with 1,606 rushing yards while he accounted for a ridiculous 47.7% of the Jaguars yards. They’ll need that kind of production from him this year to avoid another losing record in 2013.