Illinois football player arrested for aggravated battery
UPDATED 4:07 p.m.
CHAMPAIGN — A University of Illinois football player is being held at the Champaign County Jail on $100,000 bond following an arrest for aggravated battery early Sunday morning.
According to Champaign police, officers were called to the 600 block of East Daniel Street, Champaign, at 12:06 a.m. Sunday to respond to a report of a battery.
Police arrested Chris Jones, 20, who listed an address in the 400 block of East Chalmers Street, Champaign, for aggravated battery and took him to the Champaign County Jail.
According to a police report, Jones, a defensive tackle for the Illinois football team, allegedly struck two people, a 28-year-old man from Savoy and a 19-year-old man from Champaign, with his fist.
The Savoy man was struck on the right side of his eye. Police said he had noticeable swelling on the right side of his face.
The Champaign man had a cut lip on the inside of his mouth.
Neither man needed to be taken to the hospital, police said.
The victims said Jones struck them because of their sexual orientation. Jones told police the incident was retaliation for another fight a week earlier.
Reached on Sunday, Illinois Football Coach Ron Zook said he is investigating the situation. He said he won’t have further comment until he gathers more information.