UT football player charged with aggravated assault

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by REBEKAH HOOD / KVUE.com

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Posted on March 12, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 12 at 6:21 PM

AUSTIN -- University of Texas wide receiver Cayleb Jones has been charged with aggravated assault and suspended from the football team.

According to an Austin Police Department affidavit, Jones assaulted UT tennis player Joey Swaysland on Feb. 22 around 1:50 a.m. at a bar on East 6th Street due to jealousy involving UT volleyball player Katherine Bell.

The affidavit says Jones saw Swaysland talking to Bell, a former girlfriend, and became upset. Jones punched Swaysland on the right side of his face, breaking Swaysland's jaw.

Bell told police her relationship with Jones ended on bad terms and he's been jealous ever since.

Bell said a week prior to the assault, Jones had seen her talking with Swaysland and told her, "I don't like the way you are happy, and I don't want you talking to him." Bell says Jones then turned to Swaysland and threatened to fight him if he saw him talk to Bell again.

After the assault, police say Jones and Bell sought guidance from strength and conditioning coach Bennie Wylie. Wylie confirmed to police Jones admitted to assaulting Swaysland.

Texas football coach Mack Brown issued the following statement: “We are aware of Cayleb’s situation and disappointed any time one of our players is accused of wrongdoing. We have talked with Cayleb and his family, and he has been suspended from all team activities pending the completion of the legal process. Any further action will be handled at the conclusion of the legal process.”

The Travis County District Clerk's Office tells KVUE News Jones bonded out of jail around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

 

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