Criminal allegations made against Maurice Jones-Drew

St. Augustine police initially said Jacksonville Jaguars player involved in bar fight

Published On: May 29 2013 12:11:18 PM EDT   Updated On: May 29 2013 12:39:17 PM EDT
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ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is fighting allegations that he knocked a security guard unconscious Sunday night during a fight at a St. Augustine restaurant.

Local 6 News partner WJXT-TV reports a criminal allegation was filed against Jones-Drew for an incident that happened at the Conch House restaurant during what is known as Reggae Sundays.

Police reports indicate that an altercation involved one of Jones-Drew's friends, and he got involved.

The complaint reads that a witness saw "Maurice Jones-Drew, punch the alleged victim from his left side" and that a witness stated "the punch knocked the alleged victim out"

Jones-Drew's agent tweeted shortly after the news broke: "Maurice was there and was not involved. As soon as an altercation broke out, Maurice exited the premises."

Since the incident, there was a national press frenzy over whether Jones-Drew was charged with misdemeanor battery. St. Augustine police initially said he had been, then hours later the department changed its tune, saying it was only a criminal complaint, and that the State Attorney's Office would decide if Jones-Drew is charged.

A St. Augustine police representative said Jones-Drew is cooperating with the investigation and will return to St. Augustine to talk with detectives.