Cops: NBA player stomps Portland homeless man

NBA player Terrence Jones, 21, outside a Multnomah County courtroom on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Jones is accused of stomping on a homeless man in downtown Portland earlier that morning. (KOIN 6 News)
NBA player Terrence Jones, 21, outside a Multnomah County courtroom on Wednesday, July 31, 2013. Jones is accused of stomping on a homeless man in downtown Portland earlier that morning. (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Houston Rockets power forward Terrence Jones allegedly stomped on a homeless man’s leg in downtown Portland early Wednesday morning.

According to Portland police, the 21-year-old former Jefferson High School star was coming out of the Tube nightclub with a large group when a sergeant observed him yell at two homeless men who were sleeping in the doorway of 114 NW 3rd Ave. to “wake up.” Jones then stomped on one of the men’s legs.

Terrence Jones, 21, is accused of stomping on a homeless man's legs in downtown Portland early Wednesday morning. Jones plays basketball for the NBA's Houston Rockets. (Multnomah County Jail)
(Multnomah County Jail)
Houston Rockets' Terrence Jones (6) loses control of the ball as he is guarded by Utah Jazz's Rick Jackson (96) during an NBA summer league basketball game, Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Terrence Jones (6) loses control of the ball as he is guarded by Utah Jazz’s Rick Jackson (96) during an NBA summer league basketball game, Tuesday, July 9, 2013, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Jones was apprehended about a half a block away, Portland police said.

The victim, identified as 46-year-old Daniel John Kellerher, suffered a minor leg injury but did not require serious medical attention.

Jones was booked and released from the Multnomah County Jail on one count of misdemeanor harassment after posting $1,500 bail.

He appeared at his arraignment Wednesday afternoon with his mother, Linda Mashia –Jones, and his attorney, Kevin O’Connell. He entered a not guilty plea. Judge Eric Block granted him permission to remain out of custody and travel outside the state, under the guideline that he maintain contact with his attorney. His trial date was set for Sept. 6.

Rockets spokesperson Tracey Hughes said the team had no comment when contacted by email.

The 18th overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft out of Kentucky, Jones averaged 5.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 14.5 minutes in only 19 regular season games last season for Houston.

Faris Tanyos, Brent Weisberg and Tim Becker contributed to this report.

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