A lawyer representing the man whom Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew allegedly punched last weekend has taken a public shot at Jones-Drew.
Is there an echo in here?
Actually, the first lawyer who sounded off on the situation, Greg Anderson, represents not Kasim Howard, a security worker at the Conch House in St. Augustine, but the Conch House itself. Now, Howard has his own lawyer, who has issued a statement declaring that the video evidence proves Jones-Drew cold-cocked (which comes in at No. 3 on my all-time favorite word list) Howard.
“Thus far, according to press releases, Mr. Jones-Drew has denied attacking Mr. Howard at the Conch House,” attorney Patrick Canan said, via the St. Augustine Record. “Thankfully, the Conch House has an extensive video surveillance system. The altercation and immediate flight from the scene were captured on two separate video cameras.”
It means that, even if Jones-Drew isn’t prosecuted, he’ll be facing a civil lawsuit. Unlike most guys who go around allegedly sucker punching people in bars, Jones-Drew has the money to pay off a verdict. Which makes him an obvious target.
“The Canan Law Firm has now been retained to protect Mr. Howard’s interest as a victim of a crime,” Canan said. “I understand from press releases that Mr. Jones-Drew is cooperating with law enforcement. I am hopeful that his cooperation includes a truthful admission in which he takes responsibility for his actions.”
Sure. Because that always happens.
Jones-Drew was scheduled to meet with police on Friday. If Canan’s allegations are accurate, Jones-Drew may have to dust off the “it wasn’t me” defense.