Alabama DB and former Gilman star Cyrus Jones arrested on domestic violence charges
Staff and wire report|
Apr 29, 2015 | 7:49 PM
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama cornerback Cyrus Jones, The Sun's Male Athlete of the Year as a senior at Gilman, was arrested on domestic violence charges for allegedly damaging a woman's cellphone and threatening her.
Officers arrested the 21-year-old Jones at about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday after responding to a domestic call, Tuscaloosa Police said in a statement Wednesday. Jones had taken and damaged a 22-year-old woman's phone earlier in the day and threatened to assault her in front of a witness, police said.
Jones was charged with two domestic violence misdemeanors: third-degree harassment and third-degree criminal mischief.
"We don't ever condone any behavior that shows any kind of disrespect," Alabama coach Nick Saban said in a statement. "There was no physical contact in this situation. Once we get the facts, we will take the necessary steps to correct this behavior in the future."
Jones' father, Dunbar boys basketball coach Cyrus Jones, said he has spoken to his son.
"I can't go into any details due to the fact it's an ongoing investigation. But no one is happy this took place, it's very surprising and shocking to a lot of folk. But us knowing who he is, we don't anticipate it being anything bigger than what the media has portrayed it to be," he said. "Of course, people here, they hear the words 'domestic violence' and the first thing they think of is all the negatives — a man put his hands on a female to bring harm to them. But coach Saban made a statement to inform us in the public that no physical conduct was involved.
"We're just basically staying positive and allowing things to work themselves out. University of Alabama is still conducting their investigation, the law enforcement in Tuscaloosa is still doing their investigation, so just let them do what they have to do basically with the situation and we'll just keep our prayers and stay as positive as we can to look for a good outcome."
Jones was a three-sport star at Gilman who earned Male Athlete of the Year honors after the 2011-12 school year. During that senior year, he led the Greyhounds to Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championships in football, basketball and outdoor track and field.
Rated the No. 33 senior football recruit in the country by ESPNU, he played five positions and earned All-Metro Offensive Player of the Year honors by gaining 2,365 all-purpose yards with 24 touchdowns. He also finished as the basketball program's career leading scorer and closed out his track career with individual titles in the 100 and 200 meter dashes in the MIAA championships in the spring.
Jones is Alabama's most experienced cornerback. The converted receiver has started 19 games in two seasons, leading the team with three interceptions and 16 pass deflections as a junior.
He earned second-team All-Southeastern Conference honors from The Associated Press.
It's the fourth arrest of a Crimson Tide player since March. Defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor was dismissed from the school after his second domestic violence arrest, the first leading to his dismissal from the University of Georgia. The accuser has since recanted her allegations, but charges are still pending.
Running back Tyren Jones was dismissed after his arrest for marijuana possession while on suspension. Safety Geno Smith was arrested on a charge of drunken driving for the second time in his college career.
In January, linebacker Ryan Anderson and a woman were both charged with domestic violence in another incident allegedly involving property damage.