Baltimore Ravens wide receiver and return specialist Jacoby Jones was sidelined on Sunday against the Houston Texans, but that did not stop him from taking part in birthday festivities with teammate Bryant McKinnie later that night.
The Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police Department reported that law enforcement officials responded to an incident around 3:00 a.m. on Monday morning involving the two Ravens players, a stripper, and a bottle of champagne.
Reports state that the stripper hit Jones over the head with a champagne bottle while on a party bus with McKinnie and friends in D.C. early Monday morning. An altercation followed involving the people on the bus and McKinnie was said to have intervened.
When head coach John Harbaugh heard of the incident, he was less than pleased.
“I’m not very impressed, personally, with the report,” Harbaugh stated in a press conference on Monday. “It’s not something that we want to be known for. I think it’s not something those guys want to be known for. It’s not something to be proud of. I’m kind of disappointed in that sense.”
With Jones being at the center of the situation, where does that put him in terms of being a leader for the team?
Ray Lewis, who was looked at as the leader for the Ravens for years, believes Jones needs to take his leadership a little more seriously.
After having a standout season last year, the Ravens were looking toward Jones as one of the guys to step up and lead, especially on offense. But with the recent events, it may be an indication that Jones needs to put more effort than ever into his leadership role.
The Ravens have had plenty of veterans stand out as leaders with Joe Flacco, Ray Rice, and Torrey Smith stepping up on offense and Terrell Suggs, Haloti Ngata, and Lardarius Webb on defense. Suggs played alongside Ray Lewis and Ed Reed since his NFL debut in 2003 and has brought their energy to the field in 2013.