Jack Jones released of gun charges, due back in court August 18th
Discussing how athletes can do better regarding law
By Araceli Reynoso
Photo by Nick Cammett
New England Patriots cornerback Jack Jones was arrested at the Boston Logan Airport on Friday, June 17. While at the airport his luggage contained two firearms. Jones was drafted in the 2022 NFL draft, making the upcoming season to be his second year in the league.
Jones was facing charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, possession of a large-capacity feeding device, and possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card. He was set to be arraigned the following week after his arrest in East Boston District Court. When he was arrested, his bail was set at $50,000.
As of recent updates on June 20, the charges against him were dropped, and Jones was posted bail at $30,000. White charges were dropped, and he is due back in court on Aug. 18 for a probable cause hearing. The date of his court is on the same day as the Patriots’ second preseason game.
About a month before his arrest, Jones went on Twitter to speak about NBA player Ja Morant and his recent action of flashing a gun while being live on Instagram. In Jones’ tweet, he states, “dumb…you letting social media and yo pride ruin yo real money. Put them guns down and run that money up if you feel like you need it that bad..but you the bread winner you gotta start acting like it.”
Whether or not Jones intentionally meant to have the firearms in his luggage, it seems like these types of occurrences often happen with athletes, firearms involved or not.
Athletes have to do better. Start holding each other accountable for their actions. In today’s professional sports, many careers of young athletes are either ending, or they might not have a good look on them. It’s something sad to see, because these players have worked hard for something that they’ve wanted all their life, and have dreamed about.
These problems don’t just happen with young athletes new to the professional leagues, but also with ones that are much older or could be retired.
Regardless of how old they are, these are athletes that can either be some of the best in the league when they first are drafted or maybe they’re not known as well as others. But, by that one mistake that they make, that’s what people involved with sports are going to know them for. Not for their professional sports career.
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These mistakes can hurt them in the long run as well. Other teams may not be interested in an athlete that gets in trouble, whether it happens often or not. Teams usually want athletes that are committed, put in the hard work, and push themselves to the best of their ability.
Not only can this hurt themselves, but their own team. Whether or not that player is a key aspect of the team and the plays, the team still takes a hit and loses someone that they needed, no matter the job.
Athletes as a whole have to start doing better. Not just those in the NFL. In all professional sports. It’s sad to see some of them losing their career so fast. Something that they all worked hard for and put years of dedication into can go away in just the blink of an eye.
It’s time to be better.