Sodomy and rape charges were filed against University of Louisville basketball star Chris Jones. The attack allegedly occurred just a few hours after he helped his team achieve victory in a hard-fought game against Miami.
Chris Jones, along with two other men, allegedly committed rape and sodomy against one woman.
On Thursday, the University of Louisville basketball player pleaded not guilty to the charges. His attorney, Scott C. Cox, told the media that he predicted a not guilty ruling in the case.
“We believe this gentleman is innocent and has been falsely accused,” Cox said.
The University of Louisville basketball star was released from jail and placed under house arrest by Jefferson District Judge Sheila Collins. Chris Jones immediately began serving the house arrest in a rented hotel room. If convicted of sodomy and rape, Jones could be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison.
Jones had just been reinstated to the Cardinals team two days before the Miami game. He was serving a one-game suspension for sending a threatening text message to his girlfriend. The unnamed “off and on” girlfriend of Chris Jones told campus police that the basketball player threatened to “smack the f**k” out of her after she “ransacked” his room. The woman also reportedly told the officers that she did not want Jones to be charged with a crime. The threatening text was sent on February 17.
During a press conference with officials from the University of Louisville, reporters asked if Jones had been expelled for the text message, could the rape and sodomy have been prevented. Campus police official, Kenny Brown, appeared to disagree with the suggested and deemed the two incidents “totally unrelated.”
At the University of Louisville, students can be ordered removed from campus if it is determined that there is a threat to others. Michael Mardis, dean of students at the school, said making such a ruling depended on multiple factors, including the wishes of the victim involved. Mardis said the Kentucky university is both “dynamic and thriving” and referred to the Chris Jones sodomy and rape allegations as an “incredibly and unfortunate” situation.
When asked about the sodomy and rape charges levied against the University of Louisville basketball star, Chris Jones’ basketball coach, Rick Pitino, said, “We’re all shocked, extremely disheartened and very saddened for everybody involved. Our prayers go out to every person involved in this.”
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