Justin Hunter expected at Titans training camp

AP

When Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter turned himself into police Monday after they issued an arrest warrant on assault charges last Friday, one of the questions that followed was whether he’d follow in the footsteps of players in legal trouble last year and be put on paid leave while the case is resolved.

The Titans reportedly don’t think that’s the direction that things will go. Ed Werder of ESPN reports that the team expects to have Hunter at training camp when it opens at the end of the month and Hunter’s attorney told the Tennessean the same thing. Per Werder, the Titans plan to let the legal process play out rather than take any action against Hunter at this point.

The revised Personal Conduct Policy allows for putting a player on paid leave if a player is charged with a violent crime or if an NFL investigation finds evidence that a violation of the policy has occurred.

Hunter was released on $25,000 bond Tuesday after being formally charged with malicious wounding, which carries a possible sentence of 5-20 years in jail. Prosecutors allege that Hunter started a fight in a Virginia Beach bar on July 3 by punching a man in the face twice, touching off a larger fight, and that he then hit the man a third time on the street after the bar was cleared. The alleged victim suffered a broken jaw and cracked tooth.

19 responses to “Justin Hunter expected at Titans training camp

  1. Although no one knows the circumstances that led up to the incident this appears to be just another case in a long line of players who don’t know how to act like adults. Maybe rookies and other players should be banned from all bars during the offseason as part of their contracts.

  2. The “Goodell paid leave” list is exactly for cases like this. The player isn’t punished because he is still getting paid, the team isn’t under pressure to act early because he is temporarily suspended and then if he is innocent, if he has kept himself in shape, no one is worse for the wear. Especially this early in training camp as this gives the legal process plenty of time to play our and if we are to believe the preseason is too long anyway (as reported by PFT that players believe) then the suspension shouldn’t hurt him or the team. This guy should NOT be participating until the NFL does have all the information.

  3. After reading the account of what happened I’m surprised this was the Titans’ response. Just goes to show you can behave like a miscreant as long as you can play football.

  4. Where did you find the account of what happened? I’ve only heard what prosecutors are saying. I don’t know what happened here, but it does get kinda old that they only go after the guy that “won” the fight. If he started it for no reason then it’s a different story. But if was just a fight & he happened to come out on top they are both equally responsible.

  5. Didn’t the initial report say a knife was involved? Not sure how you get a broken jaw and chipped tooth out of that.

  6. Long ago I learned to keep my opinion on ice until I’ve heard the whole story and everyone else should be doing the same. The first reports said he stabbed the guy and now that appears to have been bullcrap. I doubt it’s the only bullcrap. Like the Titans I’m going to take a wait and see approach.

  7. RegisHawk says:
    Jul 22, 2015 7:25 AM

    “If he could “turn himself into police” he would never have arrested himself…:)”

    Don’t you wish their system had spell and grammar check? It can be pretty challenging when you don’t. But, from time to time we get a pretty good laugh.

  8. “After reading the account of what happened I’m surprised this was the Titans’ response. Just goes to show you can behave like a miscreant as long as you can play football.”

    Which account? The first one where a police officer apparently claimed there was “stabbing and cutting”? The prosecutor’s which is based on a victim coming forward after the incident (days? weeks?) to press charges, which rounded it down to a fistfight instead?

    It’s not like the information has been completely consistent and clearly trustworthy so far. Don’t really have a problem with the Titans (or NFL) waiting for the evidence of what really happened to become a little clearer. Then if all these latest accusations are shown to be true, by all means, lower the boom.

  9. Hunter is the fuy, he shouldn’t leave Tennessee because hes always been the guy in this state in two sports, track and football. Hope he stays on a tighter path

  10. Don’t you wish their system had spell and grammar check? It can be pretty challenging when you don’t. But, from time to time we get a pretty good laugh.

    Generally, you can’t complain about posters (or you get ragged on for it), but you would expect someone whose actual profession depends on their ability to spell and use grammar to get it right – and I suspect the problem is they’ve gotten to the point where they *expect* spell-check to do their thinking for them.

  11. Which account? The first one where a police officer apparently claimed there was “stabbing and cutting”? The prosecutor’s which is based on a victim coming forward after the incident (days? weeks?) to press charges, which rounded it down to a fistfight instead?

    First of all, there may not have been a claim of stabbing and cutting. That may have been a reporter that assumed that because the charge was malicious wounding. That can include stabbing or cutting. The reporter probably erred in reporting that. Secondly, if you go to the link about the incident, it will say that he began the fight by punching a guy several times. Then a bunch of other people started fighting and when they finally stopped it, Hunter went outside and saw the guy on the ground. The victim was coughing up blood and just to show what kind of guy he is, Hunter kicked him in the face which caused him to chip a tooth. It doesn’t sound like it was a “fight.” It sounds like it was an assault and the other person was an unwilling participant. I wouldn’t call that a fight so how can you say they arrested the person who “won” the fight. They arrested the person who assaulted the other person.

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