MTSU suspends 3 football players after assault charges

Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 5:30pm
Updated 6:26 p.m.

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.

6 Comments on this post:

By: JeffF on 7/22/13 at 10:00

This isn't right, according to Vandy fans only Vanderbilt suspends or throws players off the football team for breaking the law.

By: BigPapa on 7/22/13 at 1:31

You must also state that with a haughty air of self righteous indignation.

By: kellygirltn on 7/22/13 at 1:58

You know it's sad. I'm a two time grad of Mit Sue and continue to be appalled at not only the dress style/code of our athletes when in public but also of their behavior(s)/demeanor. It seems (to me) they need almost constant attention to pump up their self esteem. One would think after working/playing so hard in high school to actually earn a scholarship to better themselves, skills and confidence that they would/could shake their adolescent behaviors. My advice is "Guys be grateful and reassess your goals, dreams and aspirations, then "go for that lifestyle in law abiding appropriate ways.

By: jonw on 7/22/13 at 3:02

First Vandy now MTSU. Boys quit assulting your girlfriends - - use a punching bag.

By: amyinsparta on 7/22/13 at 4:29

Kelly, those boys have been coddled by their school systems, and obviously believe the world of anger is their right. Plus, notice the charge is 'domestic' assault, which means one of them beat up on a family member, be it the one's wife or other relative. You grow thinking beating up on those you believe have wronged you is the right thing to do and you become what you are witness to.

By: JeffF on 7/22/13 at 4:32

I have not learned to type with haughtiness.