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By LARRY VAUGHT

Portland attorney Kevin O’Connell told The Oregonian’s Mike Tokito that he’s known former Kentucky star Terrence Jones all  his life and it is not “his character to do something like this.”

He’s referring to the allegation that Jones stomped on a homeless man outside a Portland nght club last week. Jones was charged with harassment and pleaded not guilty. Tokito thinks media attention wants to convict Jones of wrongdoing before he’s found guilty.

“Terrence was pantomiming like he was playing defense with a friend, didn’t look where he was going, and got tangled with the guy, who was partially on the sidewalk,” O’Connell told Tokito.

The attorney denied that Jones “stomped” the man.

“He may have pantomimed kicking him. He didn’t stomp him. I don’t know why the officer used ‘stomped.’ Terrence is 250 pounds, probably has a size 15 foot, I don’t know. If he stomped the guy, he would have had some medical attention to the guy. The guy used a cane both before and after, had a little bit of a limp, but it had nothing to do with the incident,” O’Connell said.

Seems to make sense to me and did from the start. I’ve been around Jones enough to now that if I was laying down and he stomped on my leg, it would hurt. And hurt a lot.

“In an era of instant judgments, there is no room for due process or presumption of innocence, which are only two of the foundations of our justice system. Instead, the entire thing played out like a Tom Wolfe novel in fast forward, with hot-button social  topics aplenty,” Tokito wrote.

He’s right. Put the words NBA player, stomp and homeless man in the same sentence and it becomes a hot social media topic and makes it far too easy for most to assume Jones is guilty.

If he is guilty, shame on him and he should be punished. But that’s a side of Jones I never saw during his two years at Kentucky. That’s why I’m going to wait until he’s proven guilty before I assume that he is guilty.

4 Responses to Portland writer worries that Terrence Jones already considered guilty

  • Larry Pup says:

    The write up in the C-J on this did not sound good for Jones. Their article said “Police say Jones, walking with a group of eight people outside a bar, yelled “Wake up!” at two homeless men and then stomped on one of them. An officer took him into custody about a half block from the site. The 46 year old man, Daniel John Kellerher, did not require medical attention and is not pressing charges. His attorney said Jones did not violently stomp on the man. I hope he is right.

  • Jim Boyers says:

    Of course he is guilty. He went to UK and played for John Calipari. If that doesn’t signify guilt, then what does?

    Does anyone have eyes on Mark Emmert? I’m betting he is trying his best to get elected as head prosecutor in Portland, right now.

    Bottom line…If TJ stomps on you, then there is NO DOUBT that he stomped on you. If what Larry Pup says the victim said is accurate, then this is going to be a non-issue. Of course the lack of criminal charges sticking won’t stop the ol’ civil lawsuit train from steaming out of the station. Expect TJ to pay some money for whatever happened, but don’t look for him to have a criminal record hanging over his head.

    I will be extremely disappointed if any of the alleged charges turn out to be true.

  • LindaS says:

    I have heard so many conflicting stories. Only thing I know, if TJ stomped on you, you would have more then minor injures. 6’9″ and 250 lbs would leave a heck of a bruise if not a broken leg if you were stomped on by him. OnlyTJ knows for sure what happened. He said he didn’t, then he apologizes. The guy said he did, they he said he had no minor injures and then he is interviewed on TV crying. I am sure his feeling were hurt, I am sure he was surprised. You just don’t know what to believe.

  • Jan in Indiana says:

    I have said all along that there are two sides to every story, that this did not fit the profile of someone that would take his own money and pay for a fan’s dental work. Thank you Larry for your statement that you will wait until he is proven guilty before you assume he is guilty. Way to many people judging him to be guilty before they know the whole story. I of course don’t know for sure but think that TJ may have been trying to do damage control himself and made that apology, and when his lawyer stepped in and found out TJ side of the story he had him remove the apology from his site.

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