Former Patriot Jones cited in casino fight

UNCASVILLE, Conn., Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Connecticut authorities said Monday former New England Patriots safety Tebucky Jones was arrested after allegedly fighting with two men in a casino lobby.

State police say Jones, 33, of Farmington, Conn., allegedly sexually touched a woman in the lobby of the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville, Conn., early Friday. Her boyfriend, Nikolaos Papathanasiou, 22, of Quaker Hill, Conn., then allegedly began fighting with Jones, the Boston Globe reported.


Authorities said another man who witnessed the incident, Mark Chichester, 36, of New London, jumped in to assist Papathanasiou and managed to hit Jones. The Globe said Jones knocked the woman to the ground and punched Papathanasiou in the face, causing serious injuries.

Police said Jones was charged with breach of peace, third-degree assault and fourth-degree sexual assault and was released on a $5,000 bond, while Papathanasiou and Chichester were each charged with breach of peace and released on a $250 bond.

The newspaper said they are scheduled to appear in court Aug. 21.

Jones is a former first-round draft choice of the Patriots who played with them for five seasons until 2002, returning to the team for the 2006-07 season. He also played for Miami and New Orleans Saints.


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