Jaguars' Jones faces felony drug charges
Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Matt Jones faces a felony drug charge in his former college town after police say he was inside a car cutting up cocaine with a credit card.
The 25-year-old Jones and two others were arrested early yesterday in Fayetteville, Ark. A police report said officers approached the car and an officer drew his handgun after Jones did not immediately show his hands.
Police said they searched the vehicle and found a plastic bag filled with a white substance that tested positive for cocaine and a jar with possible marijuana residue.
Jared Hicks and Benjamin Cook were also arrested on misdemeanor drug charges.
Jones, a former University of Arkansas quarterback, was released from the Washington County jail on $2,500 bond. His arraignment on a charge of felony possession of a controlled substance was set for Aug. 11, two days after Jacksonville's preseason opener against Atlanta.
Police said 6 grams of cocaine was found. The threshold for potential charges of possession with intent to deliver is 1 gram. However, prosecutor John Threet said there is no evidence that Jones intended to deal the drug.
Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver said he was waiting to learn details of the case.
"We're trying to investigate that now," Weaver said. "We don't have all the facts. We will comment on that once we have all the facts."
Also yesterday, Jaguars defensive back Brian Williams has been found not guilty of drunk driving after a night of partying by a Jacksonville, Fla. court.
OWNERSHIP UP IN AIR
Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney faces an uphill climb in trying to acquire majority control of one of pro sports' best-known franchises now that his four brothers have hired an investment firm to field offers for their shares of the club.
Rooney, viewed as the NFL's most influential owner, has spent two years in an unsuccessful attempt to buy out his four younger brothers' stakes in the five-time Super Bowl championship franchise. Each brother owns 16 percent, or a total of 80 percent.
The other 20 percent is owned by the family of the late Barney McGinley, who helped Steelers founder Art Rooney Sr. reacquire the Steelers in the 1940s after Rooney sold the team for a brief time. The McGinleys' share is not believed to be for sale.
Rooney needs to persuade at least one brother to sell to him, giving him 32 percent of the team, enough to satisfy the NFL's requirement that the primary owner have at least a 30 percent share.
Cardinals: Arizona signed linebacker Chris Harrington to a three-year deal, the fourth draft pick to agree to terms with the club this year. Terms of the contract weren't disclosed. Harrington, from Texas A&M, was chosen in the sixth round.
Redskins: Washington agreed to terms with third-round draft pick Chad Rinehart and released quarterback Sam Hollenbach, defensive end Tommy Davis and center Kyle DeVan. Rinehart, an offensive lineman from Northern Iowa, was the No. 96 overall selection in April's draft.