Jaguars receiver Zay Jones arrested on domestic battery charge involving mother of his child: report

Jones bonded out of jail Tuesday after woman reported he scratched her during argument

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jaguars receiver Zay Jones, who was arrested on Monday night, was released from jail after spending the night on a domestic battery charge that is a misdeameanor.

Isaiah Avery Jones, 28, was booked in the jail at 6:02 p.m. Monday, according to the jail log. According to a police report, he was arrested after an argument with the mother of his child. He has hired high-profile Jacksonville defense attorney Hank Coxe to represent him.

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Jones was ordered to have “no violent victim contact” and his bond was set at $2,503. His arraignment was scheduled for Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.

A first-degree misdemeanor in Florida is punishable by up to 180 days in jail and up to a $1,000 fine. Punishment may also include court costs, restitution, probation, treatment and/or community service.

According to an incident report from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Jones and the mother of his child got into an argument at his San Pablo waterfront condo around 2 p.m. Monday. His accuser, a 27-year-old woman, told responding officers Jones got upset that she was taking their child back to Orlando.

Coxe said in court Tuesday that the person who made the allegation against Jones lives in Orlando in a home that Jones provided her.

In the incident report, what happened after the argument was redacted from the report. A patrol officer wrote that they “observed several small scratches on the victim’s neck, consistent with marks from a fingernail.”

Jones was arrested and taken to jail without incident. The report was also forwarded to the Florida Department of Children and Families.

The Jaguars released the following statement in response to the arrest:

“We are aware of the situation and are in the midst of gathering information. We will have no further comment at this time.”

Jones has been one of Jacksonville’s top receivers since signing as a free agent last year. He had 823 receiving yards and five touchdowns in his first season in Jacksonville but has played in just three games this season after initially injuring his knee against the Chiefs in Week 2.

Jones signed a three-year, $24 million deal with the team last year.

He has eight receptions for 78 yards and two touchdowns this season and 261 catches for 2,785 yards and 59 TDs in a seven-year NFL career spanning Buffalo, Oakland, Las Vegas and Jacksonville.

Jones played college ball at East Carolina and still holds NCAA Division I records for career receptions (399) and single-season receptions (158).

“I would imagine the state might move forward with a domestic battery charge,” said attorney Belkis Plata, who is not involved in the case but weighed in after reading the report. “He will likely be placed on probation and will be required to complete a program that is 29 weeks long, one session a week for 29 weeks, for a batterers intervention program, before he can be released from any type of probation.”

News4JAX reached out to attorney Hank Coxe for comment. Coxe has said in the past that he does not comment on pending legal matters.

While the woman who accused him is named in the report, it is News4JAX policy to not publicly identify potential domestic abuse victims.

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Justin Barney joined News4Jax in February 2019, but he’s been covering sports on the First Coast for more than 20 years.

Lifetime Jacksonville resident anchors the 8 and 9 a.m. weekday newscasts and is part of the News4Jax I-Team.