Patriots practice squad player J.J. Worton charged with two counts of incident assault and battery
Jan 26, 2016 09:31 AM EST
Patriots practice squad player Jimmy "J.J." Worton was arrested on an early Saturday morning in Foxborough, MA after police officers said that he assaulted a man and two women. Worton was then charged with two counts of incident assault and battery on a person aged 14 and over and one count of assault and battery.
According to WMUR9, a New England Patriots rookie was detained by police officers for allegedly assaulting a man and indecently assaulting two women. The Foxborough police claimed that they responded at 1 A.M. just this Saturday to claim of an assault at Waxy O'Connors Irish Pub on 121 Main Street.
CBS Boston also mentioned that the rookie was charged with two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person aged 14 and over and one count of assault and battery. And that the policemen were called to Waxy O'Connor's, which is a bar situated about two miles from Gillette Stadium. The witnesses also confessed that a man approached the two women and then suddenly threw a punch at a man before being picked up by a gray sedan.
The police pulled over the car a short while later and found Worton in the back seat. The Patriots practice squad player also admitted to being involved in an argument, stating to the police that he accidentally brushed up against a woman and was trying to leave when confronted by her boyfriend, whom he punched in the face just to defend himself.
But this is not Worton's first incident of run-in with the law. In a report by ESPN, in 2012, while a student at the University of Central Florida, Worton allegedly threw a punch at a police officer during a St. Patrick's Day street party. He tried to hide under a car before being arrested by police officers.
Moreover, the National Football Post also claimed that the Patriots signed the rookie to their practice squad on January 11. The 6-foot-2, 212-pounder caught 168 passes and 21 touchdowns during four years at UCF, teaming with future NFL quarterback Blake Bortles prior to tearing his ACL as a senior. He has also spent time on the Rams' practice squad.
However, a source claimed that Worton's contract expired with the Patriots, as did all practice squad players after the AFC Championship Game. And that he will not be offered a deal with the team in 2016.
Meanwhile, Worton was released just after 3:30 A.M. after shelling out a $40 magistrate's fee. After his appearance in court, he remains free on his personal recognizance and was ordered to stay away from Waxy O'Connor's, the alleged victims and a witness, as recorded by the court. He is scheduled to be prosecuted on Monday in Wrentham District Court.