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MTSU Confirms Charges Against Three Football Players

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James DeAngelo "J.D." Jones James DeAngelo "J.D." Jones
Marcus Robinson Marcus Robinson
Rodney O'Neal Rodney O'Neal

MURFREESBORO, Tenn.  MTSU's head coach and athletic director have confirmed charges against three football players after an incident having to do with a female believed to be one of the player's girlfriends.

The players have been suspended from the team. 

Officials at the Rutherford County Jail confirmed Middle Tennessee State sophomore and defensive tackle James DeAngelo Jones was booked and charged with two counts of aggravated assault last week.

MTSU officials said sophomores Marcus Robinson and Rodney O'Neal were also charged. Sources told NewsChannel5 Robinson and O'Neal had not yet been taken into custody, but warrants were out for their arrest for failure to report a crime. 

All three players were suspended from the team.

The arrests stem from a video police found during the course of an investigation at one of the player's apartments. Police found something they believed warranted criminal charges.  

In a released statement, head coach Rick Stockstill said he was disappointed to learn of the charges.

"This is not the reflection of our football program we want at Middle Tennessee, and we will react accordingly after gathering all pertinent information. The three players are suspended immediately from the football team. We always try to represent our university to the highest standards and matters like this are taken very seriously," said Stockhill.  

Athletic director Chris Massarao said they were still working to learn more about the charges.

"Preliminary information we have gathered warrants a suspension of the three student-athletes in question," said Massaro. "We take all of these matters very seriously and we are still gathering information."

Details leading to the arrest were not yet available.

Neither Robinson nor O'Neal played in any games during the 2012 season. Both sat out in 2011 as redshirt freshmen.

Jones played all 12 games in 2012, finishing the year with 14 tackles. According to, a shoulder injury kept him from playing in spring drills. 

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