|Lawyer for security guard speaks out against Maurice Jones-Drew|
by Aaron Wilson of Scout.com, May 30, 2013 at 1:00 pm ET
Maurice Jones-Drew Profile
Although Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew hasn't been charged with battery, he remains a person of interest following an incident alleging that he punched a security guard in the face.
While Jones-Drew's agent, Adisa Bakari, has said that the star NFL player wasn't involved in the altercation and left the St. Augustine, Fla., night spot before the incident began, the lawyer for the security guard has a different take.
In a statement, lawyer Gregory Anderson said his client, Kasim Howard, was attacked and severely injured by Jones-Drew:
"This past Sunday, May 26 during Reggae Sunday at the Conch House Marina Resort, Jacksonville Jaguars [player] Maurice Jones-Drew viciously attacked and severely injured Conch House's security officer, Kasim Howard, 31, of St. Augustine. At the time Mr. Jones-Drew attacked him, Mr. Howard was attempting to protect several female patrons from harassment by members of Mr. Jones-Drew's entourage. Prior to the attack, Mr. Howard never saw, spoke with, let alone confronted Mr. Jones-Drew. Conch House security video captures Mr. Jones-Drew rapidly approaching Mr. Howard from the back-left side and sucker punching him in the jaw. As a result of this attack, Mr. Howard suffered a dislocated jaw and spinal injuries. He was hospitalized, later released and is recovering at home.
"The current attempts by some to characterize this as a ‘scuffle' are misleading and unsupported by any evidence. Any fair-minded person watching the video has to conclude that Mr. Jones-Drew initiated an unprovoked attack on Mr. Howard and then literally ran away from the scene. The videos, in addition to virtually all eyewitness accounts, unequivocally prove that Mr. Jones-Drew attacked the security officer without provocation. We are evaluating the remedies available to Mr. Howard, who conducted himself professionally. Mr. Jones-Drew's conduct was deplorable and certainly unbecoming a professional athlete. Those attempting to sanitize this incident are either uninformed or motivated by reasons other than justice."
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