Transferring Florida QB Jalon Jones accused of sexual battery

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Florida QB Jalon Jones (18) scrambles during the Orange & Blue Game on April 13, 2019 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Florida QB Jalon Jones (18) scrambles during the Orange & Blue Game on April 13, 2019 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. (Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Before he put his name in the transfer portal, Florida quarterback Jalon Jones was accused of sexual battery.

According to the Gainesville Sun, police reports indicate that two women reported Jones in two separate alleged incidents in the early morning hours of April 6 on the University of Florida campus. At the time, neither of the alleged victims pursued charges against Jones, who has since expressed his intent to transfer from UF.

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“We are aware of the incident reports and have followed athletic department and campus protocols,” a UF spokesman said in a statement.

One of the women told police that she was having consensual sex with Jones when two of Jones’ teammates, Jaydon Hill and Chris Steele, entered the room. When the two left, she says she told him to stop but Jones would not until she was able to push him away.

Not long after, the other woman told police that Jones raped her. Both women are University of Florida students who came to the apartment together.

From the Gainesville Sun:

She told officers “she was upset about an incident that happened earlier that night with a friend she had a disagreement with” and Jones proceeded to console her in the kitchen. Jones “started to kiss her on her neck and removed her jean shorts and underwear” and used his fingers to penetrate her,” according to the report. Then over her objections, she said, he turned her around and had sex with her.

She told him to stop multiple times during this incident, the report said. The female student told UPD officers “Jones only stopped when she saw and heard Hill in the living room.” She told UPD officers she “pushed Jones off (of) her, got dressed and asked Hill to go to Steele’s room.” Then the two female friends ordered an Uber to travel home, according to the report.

Jones, a native of Richmond, Virginia, enrolled at Florida in January as part of Dan Mullen’s 2019 recruiting class. Jones played in UF’s spring game on April 13, a week after the alleged incidents, and rushed for 63 yards and a touchdown.

Jones’ name popped up in the transfer portal on Tuesday, enabling coaches from other programs to contact him. Denny Thompson, Jones’ quarterback trainer, told Rivals.com on Tuesday that Virginia and Maryland were possible landing spots. Thompson also said that Jones leaving the program was a mutual parting of ways between the player and coaching staff.

With Jones out of the picture, Florida has three quarterbacks on scholarship: Feleipe Franks, Kyle Trask and Emory Jones.

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