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.