3 MTSU football players dismissed from team

3 MTSU football players dismissed from team (Image 1)

Three Middle Tennessee State University football players involved in a videotape of a woman being choked were dismissed from the team on Wednesday.  

Defensive tackle J.D. Jones was initially suspended from the team on July 20 after he was charged with two counts of domestic aggravated assault.

The charges stemmed from allegations that he choked his girlfriend at an on-campus apartment complex while teammates Marcus Robinson and Rodney O'Neal allegedly videotaped the incident.

Robinson and O'Neal were also suspended from the team after being charged with aiding and abetting.

On Wednesday afternoon, head coach Rick Stockstill announced the players, who are all rising sophomores, would not return to the team.

“I have decided to dismiss J.D. Jones, Rodney O'Neal and Marcus Robinson from our football program. I took my time in making this decision, as I wanted to make sure I gathered as much information as possible.”

He continued, “Their actions do not reflect upon all the good surrounding our football program. Every choice a person makes has consequences, good or bad. And unfortunately, their choice has led me to dismiss them from the team.”

Prior to dismissing Jones, O'Neal and Robinson, Stockstill said earlier in the day he was “embarrassed over the incident.”

MTSU football players are scheduled to report on Thursday, with their first practice Friday afternoon.

Jones is the only one of the three to play last season. He had 14 tackles in 12 games, but he sat out spring practice with an injury.

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