Former University of Louisville guard Chris Jones was charged with raping one woman and sodomizing another. Jones pleads not guilty.
The Courier-Journal reports that the warrant for Jones’ arrest says that the alleged sexual assaults occurred on Sunday, February 22, and that the accusers were hospitalized and identified Jones as an assailant.
The woman recognized Jones “as a University of Louisville basketball player” according to the warrant.
Another warrant says that Jones, along with two others, forced a woman to perform oral sex and intercourse. She was taken to the hospital where she also identified Jones.
One of the women is 19 and another woman is 20, according to the warrant.
Two other men are charged along with Jones, Tyvon Walker and Jalen Tilford, each charged with one count of rape and one count of sodomy.
Jones plead not guilty to the charges on Thursday. His lawyers said in court that he is falsely accused.
On Feb. 17, Jones was suspended from the Louisville basketball team after an incident where he allegedly sent threatening text messages to an ex-girlfriend. That woman elected not to press charges against Jones. She is not one of the accusers in the case where he is charged.
Jones sat out one game against Syracuse and was reinstated by Louisville coach Rick Pitino for the Feb. 21 game versus Miami. Jones scored 17 points and helped lead the Cardinals to victory. After the game, Jones addressed the suspension, “it was Coach’s decision. It is what it is. I learned from it. Coach called it my selfish behavior of what happened between a situation. It’s just something I learned from — you’ve got to stay away from things like that and that’s what I’m going to do.”
The following day, the Sunday of the alleged assaults, Jones was dismissed from the team. In a statement the next day, Pitino made it clear that the dismissal was permanent. “He has got to now get his life together, get on with his life. There’s no way he’s coming back. It’s over.”
His lawyers said in court that Jones has withdrawn from the University of Louisville to focus on the case.
After entering a not guilty plea, Jones was released on a $10,000 bond. His next court date has not been scheduled.