Illinois Lineman Arrested In Possible Hate Crime

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Champaign police say they arrested 20-year-old defensive lineman Chris Jones on a preliminary aggravated battery charge after two men reported he punched them outside a bar.

The men said Jones was in a car whose occupants shouted anti-homosexual insults at them.

University spokesman Kent Brown said Jones has been suspended.
Jones hasn't entered a plea and has not responded to an e-mail from
The Associated Press.

Jones is a 310-pound freshman from Jacksonville, Fla. Duval
County, Fla., records show Jones pleaded guilty in July 2010 to
cocaine possession and was sentenced to 60 days probation.

Brown said coach Ron Zook is aware of that conviction.

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