March 10, 2009
Back in July of 2008, Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Matt Jones was found sitting in a car in an unlit parking lot, allegedly cutting up a little bit of cocaine. As part of a plea deal, he agreed to refrain from using all drugs or alcohol, but then, in late February, Jones went golfing with some pals and had "a few beers."
That was a no-no. A urine test showed the alcohol in his system, and now he'll be going to jail. He actually had a choice between six months in a residential drug treatment program or 10 days in jail, and he's taking the jail. From Jacksonville.com:
“He came to court and was upfront with Judge Gunn that he drank beer before the test when he was playing golf with friends,” Dennis said. “But the judge wanted to emphasize that even having a beer is against the rules. It’s not a terrible infraction, but he broke a rule.”
During the court appearance, Jones was given the choice between 10 days of jail or admittance into a residential drug treatment facility for six weeks. Jones initially chose treatment because he didn’t want his mother, Paula, to see him taken to jail. Gunn then suggested that the receiver consider what a six-week stint in drug treatment might do to his NFL career. Upon urging from his mother, Jones chose jail, where he’ll remain until 8 a.m. Sunday.
Jones was initially set to spend 10 days in jail. But Jones told Gunn he needed to be back in Jacksonville by Monday to undergo a body assessment scheduled by the club, which begins offseason conditioning next week.
And that's why you shouldn't do cocaine. Because if you do, they won't let you drink beer while playing golf, and when that happens, your opportunities to flirt with the beer girl are drastically limited. It's a vicious cycle.
But from the looks of things, Jones is going to be alright. He won't even be doing the full 10 days in jail. The drug people in Arkansas are being awfully accommodating. They talk him in to making the right decision for his career, then they let him out early for offseason conditioning ... They ought to consider "We're Super Friendly to Drug Users" as a state motto. It couldn't hurt tourism.
All of this comes after the best year in Jones's career. In 12 games, he had 65 catches for 761 yards, which, while not earth-shattering, finally had Jones on a career path to show that he was something other than worthless.
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