One day after being found guilty of simple assault, Indianapolis Colts inside linebacker D'Qwell Jackson reiterated his innocence in issuing a statement through the team.
“I was surprised and disappointed by yesterday’s verdict and we are planning to appeal,” Jackson said of Monday’s ruling on a misdemeanor offense that he assaulted pizza delivery man Jose Bonilla-Fuentes last year in Washington, D.C.
“I sincerely believe justice will eventually prevail. Nevertheless, I sincerely regret that this case ever happened and has gotten to this point. I will continue to live my life in a way that confirms I am a good and honorable citizen.”
Jackson, 32, is to be sentenced on April 6 and could be punished by the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. The maximum penalty for simple assault is 180 days in jail. He could be fined or suspended by the league after an investigation.
The 11th-year pro was second in the league with 150 total tackles last season. The Colts’ defensive leader went to his first Pro Bowl in 2014 and has amassed 1,112 total tackles in his career. He led the league in tackles in 2008.
After nine seasons in Cleveland, Jackson was signed by the Colts to a four-year, $22-million contract with $10.13 million guaranteed in 2014.
Bonilla-Fuentes has filed a civil lawsuit against Jackson.
Upon returning to the team for offseason training activities 11 months ago, Jackson apologized for the incident being a distraction and expressed confidence the truth would be revealed in court.
Phillip B. Wilson also can be found on Facebook and Google+.