University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich held an impromptu question and answer session with the media on Thursday afternoon regarding the dismissal and current legal proceedings surrounding former point guard Chris Jones.
NOTE: Head coach Rick Pitino will address the media this evening and this story will be updated.
Jones, a native of Memphis, Tenn., was dismissed from the Cardinals basketball program after he failed to fulfill disciplinary measures that had been given him following a one-game suspension just a few days earlier.
Jones scored 17 points in 37 minutes in his return to help Louisville defeat visiting Miami 55-53 on Saturday, February 21. Later that night, Jones chose to break curfew - a key requirement in the disciplinary measures given to him the previous day - which would eventually lead to an incident that has since led to him and two others being arrested on rape and sodomy charges.
The school issued a statement on Tuesday morning:
"On Feb. 17 while at a team dinner, Coach Rick Pitino was informed of a text message sent by Chris Jones to another individual. Chris was removed from the dinner table, immediately suspended from the team. After the matter was addressed within the university and Chris surrendered his cell phone, he was permitted to return to the team on Feb. 19 with strict internal disciplinary measures attached, among which included a curfew. It was discovered shortly after noon on Feb. 22 that Chris had violated a curfew and there were other accusations, without knowing specifics. At that time, Chris was immediately dismissed from the team.
"While Chris is no longer a member of our team, we understand that the allegations are very serious. While we cannot comment on this ongoing investigation, we certainly expect our student-athletes to uphold certain standards, including their treatment of others. We have great respect for the legal process and our university procedures and we will cooperate as requested with this matter."
Jones surrendered himself to authorities on Thursday morning and entered a non guilty plea to the charges placed against him. He was placed on home incarceration and ordered to return to court on March 9.
The following video is the entire question and answer with U of L athletic director Tom Jurich: