HOUSTON (KOIN 6) – Houston Rockets forward and Portland native Terrence J0nes denied assaulting a homeless man as described by a patrolling police officer, just one day after settling the case out of court.
Jones spoke about the incident following practice Wednesday.
“It was hard to display my side at the time,” Jones said. “It had to be [the officer’s] word against mine. An officer’s word will be more than mine.”
Jones went on to say the night’s events “did not happen at all like” what the sergeant relayed.
Last July, the NBA rookie was accused of yelling “wake up” and stomping on 46-year-old Daniel Kellerher, sleeping in a doorway, upon leaving a downtown Portland club.
Kellerher sustained a minor leg injury, but did not require medical attention.
Tuesday, Jones learned he and Kellerher had come to a civil compromise, eliminating the possibility for Jones to be criminally prosecuted. Jones agreed to pay $10,000 to a charitable organization that specifically focuses on homelessness, according to court documents.
Jones played a key role in the Rockets’ success this season, averaging more than 12 points per game. Jones scored 12 points and collected 13 rebounds in Game 1 of the team’s playoff matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers.
Jones is expected to travel with the team when the Rockets fly to Portland for the second stretch of the series.
The 22-year-old led Jefferson High School to three straight 5-A championships.