MTSU's Stockstill to Decide Fate of Arrested Players Soon

Jul 25, 2013

MTSU football coach Rick Stockstill

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP/WMOT) — Middle Tennessee State football coach Rick Stockstill says he’ll make a decision soon regarding the long-term status of three Blue Raiders arrested in a domestic assault case.

Campus police say they have a video tape showing a woman being chocked by MTSU defensive tackle J.D. Jones while two of his teammates watch without intervening.

Jones was charged with two counts of domestic aggravated assault on Saturday. Cornerback Rodney O'Neal and defensive tackle Marcus Robinson were each charged with two counts of aiding and abetting.

Coach Stockstill suspended the players shortly after their arrests. He told the Tennessean yesterday that he wants to do the right thing in the case and so won’t make a final decision until he has all the information. Stockstill says he’s already spoken with the players to get their side of the story.

The three men are scheduled for an initial court appearance on August 29, the same day MTSU will play its Conference USA season opener against Western Carolina.