NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS cornerback Jack Jones has an uphill battle ahead if he is to salvage his NFL career.
Jones, 25, was arrested Friday after allegedly attempting to take two firearms on a flight at Boston Logan Airport. He faces a long prison sentence.
According to police, via WCVBHe is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, possession of a large capacity feeder and possession of ammunition without a firearms license.
He was later checked into the State Police Logan Airport barracks and posted his $50,000 bail.
In conversation with the Boston GlobeA spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Kevin R. Hayden told James Borghesani: “If he (Jones) were convicted and convicted on each count in turn, he faces more than 30 years in prison.”
Jones pleaded not guilty in his arraignment Tuesday in East Boston Municipal Court New York Post.
Jones’ probable cause hearing is now reportedly set for August 18.
Meanwhile, his NFL future is also at stake.
In a statement, a Patriots spokesman said Boston25 on Saturday: “We have been informed that Jack Jones was arrested at Logan Airport this morning.
“We are in the process of gathering more information and will not be making any further comments at this time.”
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It has since been reported that the team was “pissed” at the defensive back, according to The Athletic’s Jeff Howe.
Coming Tuesday on 98.5 The Sports Hubs “Toucher and Rich” Howe explained: “The team is understandably and obviously angry about the situation.”
“Putting yourself in that kind of position is possible any time of year, but really, after you’ve cut minicamp and all that stuff, it’s just…they’re angry.”
Howe added: “Coming to the legal side now, just because of conversations I’ve had with some friends who are a lot smarter than me on this subject…”
“I’m looking at the charges and breaking down what’s in store for him. I mean, if he’s convicted, he faces a mandatory eighteen-month sentence, and there’s a likelihood of a two-year extension of that eighteen month because the guns were allegedly loaded.”
Following Tuesday’s indictment, Jones’ attorney, Rosemary C. Scapicchio, said loudly: Boston Globe: “All Mr. Jones wants to do is play football,” adding, “He doesn’t want to be a distraction at all.”
Scapicchio went on to say that Jones “had no intention of bringing guns into an airport that day.”