Freshman tackle arrested

Freshman tackle arrested

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CHAMPAIGN -- An 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 freshman 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.

A three-star recruit from Florida, Jones is expected to be an early contributor. He has been assigned No. 93, the same one worn by San Diego Chargers first-round pick Corey Liuget.

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DaisyJ wrote on July 03, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Kids make mistakes.....but.....not uncommon among

some kids to just be a problem

plaza21 wrote on July 03, 2011 at 3:07 pm

This kid was arrested last year for dealing cocaine. Why was he even given a scholarship after that arrest?

plaza21 wrote on July 03, 2011 at 3:07 pm


Bond is set by a couple of factors.

#1 flight risk - since Jones is from Florida this could play a part.

#2. Severity of the case - Aggrevated Battery is a significant case - Class 2 or Class 3 Felony depending on the circumstances.

ptevonian wrote on July 03, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Thank goodness Z used "cr--" instead of writing out "crap". That would have been offensive.

Jam wrote on July 03, 2011 at 4:07 pm

what is a 28 year old man doing on east Daniel St. which is a housing area for college students. This sounds suspicious.

plaza21 wrote on July 03, 2011 at 5:07 pm

Jam - there are graduate students that attend Illinois. And the 600th block of Daniel Street is where bars are located.

plaza21 wrote on July 03, 2011 at 5:07 pm

The update makes it sound like a hate crime. If that is the case, he's definitely gone.

dave1956 wrote on July 03, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Sounds like a hate crime to me too. That is if you take the 2 victims words for it. Of course a 100,000 dollar bail sounds exobitant to me for aggravated battery.

Tom Menacher wrote on July 03, 2011 at 7:07 pm

At a fb powerhouse (ohio st, nebraska, etc) whether jones stays or goes would depend entirely on how much he was projected to play. Maybe the 'luther head' legal rules will be applied and the charges go away.

Jam wrote on July 03, 2011 at 7:07 pm

How about a little forgiveness from those who cry for a hate crime charge. It seems that if one is serious about not being abused they should lead by example and forgive whoever is coming after them. Then everyone would learn not to hate.

plaza21 wrote on July 03, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Tman - at those powerhouse schools the thugs are kicked off the team and replaced because to them...1 player doesnt mean anything. They'll just find another talented guy to give a scholarship too.

Garrity and Evan Frierson were kicked off for less serious battery charges. Have to think Jones is definitely gone since he had the crack charge a year ago.

Jam - forgiveness is fine on a personal level. But the prosecutors have to prosecute. This kind of crap cant go unpunished. Its a privilige to play football at Illinois...guys like this dont deserve to be on scholarship.

pblillini wrote on July 03, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Z - Weber is the last person that Zook should seek counsel from. Jamar Smith, McBride, Pruitt, Head and others all had problems under Weber's watch. Per capita, he has probably had more offenders than the football team.

ehorton wrote on July 04, 2011 at 5:07 am

the above commenters are willing to rush to judgement without knowing all of the facts.

in a previous life, you would have been the ones that would have been yelling string him up.


ed horton

TotalIlliniFan wrote on July 04, 2011 at 9:07 am


Wouldn't it make more sense to invite posters into a personal exchange by giving them your email address ( instead of forcing us to witness your mini meltdowns since all you do is attack others on this forum.

ehorton wrote on July 04, 2011 at 10:07 am


you do not get it.

i feel idiotic mean-spirited comments by many of the posters deserve to be countered. others feel this way as well.

you are not one of them.

ed horton

DaisyJ wrote on July 04, 2011 at 11:07 am

MR. Z MAN....YOU want people to be like "BOBBY KNIGHT.." you clearly are a follower not a leader.

You like Bobby's way cause what...he was a winner.

Uh...sorry..WRONG...he was an intimidater....Lets

see,, a couple of things I remember...the hidden camera choke of a player in practice ( he must have cut the wrong way or thrown the ball to the wrong player) and the comment he made about raping of a girl..."goes like this...the lady should just sit back and take it as there is not much she can do about it" or what was it gentle man Lou Henson called him..." a CLASSIC BULLY" GOSH. Lou must not have seen how many games he won

and what "hero and model as you make him out to be" WRONG WRONG WRONG.

DaisyJ wrote on July 04, 2011 at 11:07 am

This player is clearly someone that needs to pay for his mistakes. As for hate crimes...I really

have a hard time with this new idea...I always thought anyone who wooped up on anyone else no matter the color, no matter the sexual orientation. no matter the reason....was sometime in the fight feeling "HATE".. tHIS IS THE NEW

WAY OF CREATING MORE than what it is.

Indyguy wrote on July 04, 2011 at 11:07 am

This is a hate crime. I know one of the victims. Both are students.

The Zooker has things in mid-season form. As usual, we will see another topsy-turvy season. 6-6 or 7-5. Why even keep this guy?

DaisyJ wrote on July 04, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Indy..agree...we can do better than Zook..but

get off the hate stuff...everyone that attacks someone else has a little hate in them the hate crime stuff is just another example of new names for the same old crimes. Skin

color and sex orientaiton do not cause crime. ...

ACTIONS DO..HOWEVER..the person that gets it may just also not be hetero or a non white color. It is their actions (correct or not) that cause a person to loose his control--which is NEVER RIGHT-

AND hurt someone.

crackerman wrote on July 04, 2011 at 1:07 pm

The player punches two people & has an apparent previous drug conviction. Send him back to Fla. As far as "Ed's" comment, "string him up", really! I'm assuming it's o.k. to assault two gay men as long as it's justifiable? Retaliation for a fight one week ago?! Who got the best of who in that one? As far as Zook recruiting troubled kids, let the A.D. worry about that.

plaza21 wrote on July 04, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Ed Horton -

Who's rushing?

We have the suspect admitting in the police report that this was retaliation for an earlier fight. Retaliation is a defense? lulz...

This is gang culture coming to Champaign, IL...via the fcotball team...and has no place in the city. We already have enough ghetto garbage that resides between University and Bradley...

If this was this kid's first run in with the law...I might be show some lenience although there should be no tolerance when it comes to being a scholarship athlete...but this dude was just caught with Crack last year...CRACK...

I thought Zooker was supposed to be such a great recruiter...and he's left bringing in crackheads that no one else wanted?

Explain this.

New AD has alot to do.

Fire Zook, Weber, and Law.

Ron Guenther...what a mess you have left.

PeoriaIllini wrote on July 05, 2011 at 8:07 am


toddalan1975, you have lost all credibility with your hatefilled rant.

And to the debate about whether hate crimes should be prosecuted. Yes, they should. When people are attacked and sometimes killed because of their differences (like Matthew Shepperd because of his homosexuality, or lynched black men) they should prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. It is the opposite of what this country is about, and honestly has more in common with the Taliban (who also by the way don't like gays among a litany of groups they don't like).

hopefulmike wrote on July 05, 2011 at 3:07 pm

A crime is a crime. Saying that one motive deserves more punishment than another motive is ridiculous. Is the life of a homosexual, black, Hispanic, female, etc. more valuable than a straight, white, male in this politically correct world? Of course not.

I guess a cruel, sadistic crime against a member of a group not on the favored list should be punished less harshly.

LoyalIllini wrote on July 06, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Ed, I would like you to just post based on the issues and lay off your judgements of the posters. It is real old.