Maurice Jones-Drew knocks out bouncer, charged with battery
For Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew, however, the holiday was a little more tense.
Jones-Drew was at the Conch House in St. Augustine, Florida on Sunday night, where one of his friends was approached by a bouncer for bothering a female patron. MJD's friend then "slapped" the bouncer on the chest, which sparked a little scuffle that ended up with the persistent ladies' man in a headlock.
That's when Jones-Drew felt he needed to step in. MJD slugged the bouncer in the jaw, and - surprise, surprise - he knocked him out. The jaw was "swollen a great deal and had a large lump," and the bouncer was hospitalized. As a result, Jones-Drew has been charged with battery.
Despite commissioner Roger Goodell's tendency to come down hard on troublemakers, Jones-Drew is unlikely to see any sort of suspension. Make no doubt about it - Goodell will look into the situation. However, MJD has never gotten in legal trouble before, and suspended players are often repeat offenders of the league's personal conduct policy.
Regardless, it's a disappointing occurrence for a team that has recently gutted their front office and coaching staff, and just lost top receiver Justin Blackmon to a four-game suspension.
UPDATE: Jaguars beat writer Ryan O'Halloran has reported that Jones-Drew has yet to be charged with battery, but that the investigation is "still ongoing." MJD's agent claims that his client left the premises when the fight broke out and was not involved in any altercation. Obviously, that would be the smart thing for a high-profile NFL player to do, and hopefully it is what he really did do.