New England Patriots cornerback Jack Jones was arrested Friday at Logan Airport after two firearms were discovered in his carry-on luggage during a routine security check.
The 25-year-old player now faces a slew of serious charges, raising concerns about his future in both the NFL and his personal life.
Jones has been charged with two counts each of possession of a concealed weapon in a secure airport area, possession of ammunition without a firearm identification card, unlawful possession of a firearm, carrying a loaded firearm, and possession of a large-capacity feeding device, according to a State Police report obtained by The Boston Globe.
Following his arrest, Jones was granted bail set at $50,000 and is scheduled to appear in East Boston District Court for arraignment next week.
The Patriots organization responded to the incident by issuing a statement: “We have been notified that Jack Jones was arrested at Logan Airport earlier today. We are in the process of gathering more information and will not be commenting further at this time.”
Drafted in the fourth round of the 2022 NFL Draft from Arizona State, Jones had shown promise as a rising star in the Patriots’ lineup.
Despite his rookie season being marred by a knee injury and a two-game suspension, he participated in the team’s mandatory minicamp just days before his arrest, suggesting that he was poised for a more prominent role this year.
However, Jones has had a history of off-field troubles that have raised questions about his character and reliability. The specific reason for his previous suspension remains undisclosed by the Patriots.
In 2018, Jones was arrested at a Panda Express restaurant in Santa Paula, California, on charges of commercial burglary and conspiracy to commit a crime, both of which were initially felony charges. However, the charges were later reduced to a second-degree misdemeanor, and he served a 45-day house arrest sentence as part of a plea agreement.
The Patriots, known for their stringent standards and emphasis on personal conduct, will undoubtedly consider the gravity of the charges against Jones and the potential consequences that may follow.