Ex-Louisville Guard Chris Jones Charged With Rape and Sodomy

Cal Sport Media/AP Images Chris Jones, who was dismissed from the Louisville basketball team on Sunday, has been charged with rape and sodomy.
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Chris Jones, who was dismissed from the Louisville basketball team on Sunday, has been charged with rape and sodomy.

Former Louisville guard Chris Jones has pleaded not guilty to charges of rape and sodomy, days after being dismissed from the team.

Jones, 23, appeared in Jefferson District Court before Judge Sheila Collins immediately after turning himself in to authorities. He was released to home incarceration. He did not speak during the brief hearing.

According to the warrants issued, Jones was charged with assaulting two women, both of whom were able to identify Jones as the assailant.

His attorney, Scott Cox, said Jones is cooperating with the police investigation.

“We believe this gentleman is innocent and he’s been falsely accused, and he’s going to be found not guilty,” he said. “We understand there’s video potentially in the hallway of the building where this allegedly occurred; also video out in the parking lot. We believe those videos will be exculpatory to Mr. Jones.”

Jones has withdrawn from classes at the university and has moved out of the athletic dorm and into a hotel room, Cox said.

Jones had been suspended by Louisville coach Rick Pitino on Feb. 17 before the team’s game at Syracuse. At that time, Jones was cited in a report by university police for sending a threatening text to a former girlfriend.

That woman, who decided against prosecuting Jones, is not one of Jones’ alleged rape victims, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Jones was reinstated after he and the former girlfriend both met with the university’s dean of discipline, sources told ESPN.com on Thursday. The university hearing, which also took into consideration that Jones’ former girlfriend had broken electronics in his room, determined that no crime was committed and told both individuals to stay 500 feet from each other and have no further contact.

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SOURCE: ESPN