Titans receiver Jones charged with having gun at airport

Friday, June 13, 2008 at 4:25pm

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Brandon Jones was arrested and charged with the misdemeanor of possession of an unlawful firearm at Metro Nashville Airport around 11:40 a.m. Friday.

After the gun was found in his baggage, Jones, 25, was issued the misdemeanor citation, then allowed to proceed aboard his flight to Arizona.

“A routine screening found a .32 caliber handgun in the baggage, and the incident was handled in the normal manner. After he was charged, Mr. Jones was allowed to board his flight,” said Mary Margaret Miller of the Nashville

Airport Authority. Miller was filling in as spokesman for director of corporate communications Emily Richard, who was unavailable for comment.

Jones issued the following statement through the office of his agent Craig Domann, saying the gun was in his bag from when he was target shooting.

“Today I was cited for carrying a handgun when going through security at Nashville International Airport," Jones said. “Obviously I did not know I was carrying my gun. This morning I grabbed a bag and placed my clothing in the bag, then rushed to the airport. I had forgotten that the last time I had used the bag was when I went target shooting.

“I fully cooperated with authorities who confiscated the handgun at the security gate. I have a license for the handgun and a permit for carrying one. Realizing that I was not intentionally carrying the handgun nor did I have any intention of harming anyone, I was allowed to board my airplane and continue my travels.

”I want to apologize for any embarrassment this might cause my family, the Titans organization or my teammates.”

A Titans spokesman said the club was aware of the matter, but declined comment.

Jones was a third-round draft choice of the Titans in 2005 out of the University of Oklahoma.

ROSTER MOVE: The Titans signed guard Isaac Snell on Friday and waived linebacker Matt Muncy to make room.

Snell had spent time on the Titans practice squad before the Denver Broncos signed him to their active roster last season. He was waived last month by the Broncos.

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By: OneTimer on 12/31/69 at 6:00

“Obviously I did not know I was carrying my gun. This morning I grabbed a bag and placed my clothing in the bag, then rushed to the airport. I had forgotten that the last time I had used the bag was when I went target shooting." . . . if you believe this, i need to sell you some crap.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

One Timer, do you really think he thought he could get it through screening? His story sounds logical to me and yes I would say the same if it was a clot, hag, or rat bird player, for that matter, anyone. But he should have more sense to check his bag before leaving his house to see if he had everything he needed and then he would have discovered the gun was still in there. Mountains out of mole hills.

By: sandburn on 12/31/69 at 6:00

That happened to a handgun carry instructor that I know. Folks can get in a rush and make a mistake.

By: Cowboy84 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

What is it with the name "Jones".

By: Docpyro on 12/31/69 at 6:00

It would seem that Mr. Jones is not a responsible gun owner..His lack of attention to where his firearm is and it not being secured is very disturbing. That is how the innocent get killed. Maybe one of his posse can keep better tabs on Mr. Jones' firearms.

By: nashbeck on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Seems like an honest mistake. Goodell will probably give him a 6 game suspension because Jerry Jones isn't our owner. Go Titans!