Three Middle Tennessee State football players were arrested on Saturday.
Defensive tackle J.D. Jones was charged with two counts of domestic aggravated assault. Cornerback Rodney O’Neal and defensive tackle Marcus Robinson were charged with two counts of aiding and abetting.
All three players have been suspended from the team.
“I was disappointed to learn of charges brought against three current football players,” coach Rick Stockstill said in a statement. “This is not the reflection of our football program we want at Middle Tennessee and we will react accordingly after gathering all pertinent information. The three players are suspended immediately from the football team. We always try to represent our University to the highest standards and matters like this are taken very seriously.”
According to The Daily News Journal in Murfreesboro, all three turned themselves in to MTSU police on Saturday and were booked into the Rutherford County Detention Center. Their court date is on Aug. 29, the same day as MTSU’s season opener against Western Carolina in Murfreesboro.
All three are third-year sophomores from Georgia. Only Jones played last year, recording 14 tackles in 12 games. He did not participate in spring drills due to an injury.
“Preliminary information we have gathered warrants a suspension of the three student-athletes in question,” athletic director Chris Massaro said. “We take all of these matters very seriously and we are still gathering information.”
In February, former players Anthony Amos and Jerrold Frazier and current players Marcus Henry, Jared Singletary and Adam Stickel were arrested after a fight at a nightclub in Murfreesboro.
Henry, Singletary and Stickel are still on the team.