Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Former FSU Star Accused Of Assaulting Wife, Daughter
((HT: St. Pete Times/Thalji))
Hassan Jones, a former NFL wide receiver who starred at Clearwater High School and Florida State University, is accused of menacing his wife and daughter with a golf club and assaulting his daughter.
Jones, 45, was arrested Monday night and is being held without bail in the Pinellas County Jail on charges of aggravated assault and felony domestic battery.
Jones yanked his daughter out of the driver's seat of her vehicle by the arm around 10:13 p.m., according to police reports. He dragged her across concrete and into a residence, sat on top of her and held her by the throat, police said. The daughter was freed when her mother knocked Jones off her, police said.
They said Jones grabbed a Callaway Big Bertha driver, waved it at his wife and daughter and screamed that he was going to strike each of them in the head. He also hit walls near the victims with the club, the police reports said.
Jones was drafted out of FSU by the Minnesota Vikings in the fifth round of the 1986 NFL draft. He spent eight seasons in the league before retiring in 1993.
In 1992 he was arrested on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon. Police said he tried to board a flight at Tampa International Airport with an unloaded 9mm pistol and clip inside a gun case in his carry-on. Jones told police he forgot it was there. The disposition of the case was unavailable.
Jones was also accused of assaulting his wife in 1996, when he was arrested on a charge of misdemeanor domestic battery. He completed counseling and probation. In 2006 he was adjudicated guilty of DUI and lost his driver's license for six months.