Alabama DB Cyrus Jones arrested on domestic violence charges
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) Alabama cornerback Cyrus Jones was arrested on domestic violence charges for allegedly damaging a woman's cellphone and threatening her.
Officers arrested the 21-year-old Jones at about 10:20 p.m. Tuesday after responding to a domestic call, Tuscaloosa Police said in a statement Wednesday. Jones had taken and damaged a 22-year-old woman's phone earlier in the day and threatened to assault her in front of a witness, police said.
Jones was charged with two domestic violence misdemeanors: third-degree harassment and third-degree criminal mischief.
''We don't ever condone any behavior that shows any kind of disrespect,'' Alabama coach Nick Saban said in a statement. ''There was no physical contact in this situation. Once we get the facts, we will take the necessary steps to correct this behavior in the future.''
It's the fourth arrest of a Crimson Tide player since March. Defensive lineman Jonathan Taylor was dismissed from the school after his second domestic violence arrest, the first leading to his dismissal from the University of Georgia. The accuser has since recanted her allegations, but charges are still pending.
Running back Tyren Jones was dismissed after his arrest for marijuana possession while on suspension. Safety Geno Smith was arrested on a charge of drunken driving for the second time in his college career.
In January, linebacker Ryan Anderson and a woman were both charged with domestic violence in another incident allegedly involving property damage.
Jones is Alabama's most experienced cornerback. The converted receiver has started 19 games in two seasons, leading the team with three interceptions and 16 pass deflections as a junior.
He earned second-team All-Southeastern Conference honors from The Associated Press.