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Rockets’ Terrence Jones arrested for allegedly kicking homeless man

Jul 31, 2013, 3:16 PM EST

Rockets’ forward Terrence Jones was arrested in his native Portland early Wednesday morning (late Tuesday night) after an altercation with a homeless man, reports NBC affiliate KGW in Portland.

A patrolling officer said he saw a group of people leaving the Tube nightclub spill out onto the sidewalk on Northwest 3rd Avenue just after 2 a.m., said Sgt. Pete Simpson with Portland police.

While watching the group walk away, the officer watched 21-year-old Jones walk by a doorway where two homeless men were sleeping. The officer said Jones yelled “wake up” and then stomped on one of the men’s legs, Simpson said.

Police contacted Jones in the group of around eight people and took him into custody. He was booked in the Multnomah County Jail on harassment charges.

The homeless man’s injuries were minor and he did not need medical attention, according to police.

Jones will make a court appearance Wednesday afternoon in Portland.

Jones was a Portland high school star who went on to play on Kentucky where he won a national championship in 2012. He barely got off the bench as a rookie with the Rockets, appearing in just 19 games. Outside a couple impressive dunks his rookie year was not notable. He showed some skills, averaging 15.8 points and 7 rebounds a game in the Orlando Summer League this year, where he shot just 42.2 percent overall but 36.4 percent from three.

With the Rockets entering a win-now mode, it is up for debate how much time even an improved Jones would get going forward. He is on the Rockets payroll still under his rookie contract.

  1. spursareold - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    What an a-hole.

    • fanofevilempire - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:39 PM

      A friend of mine walked up to the outside counter of a pizza spot and from no where someone sucker punched him and he fell to the ground, he said the only thing he remembered after that was the first two Timberland boots he got to the face / head. He woke up three days later looking very bad, speech slurred, memory loss and lots of pain.

      I hope the judge takes this seriously.

      • jimeejohnson - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:12 PM

        Definitely. Sucker punchers are some of the biggest pussies around.

    • spthegr8 - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      What model American. They should fine that P.O.S!!!

  2. abchome - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    What a fxxking bum!

  3. dolphindubs - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    It’s instances like these where I wish the death penalty was instututed for what some would call “minor” offenses. People like this are the scum of the earth and dont deserve to walk among the rest of us.

    Yeah, I said it.

    • kb2408 - Jul 31, 2013 at 7:16 PM

      I’d love to be able to look into your entire past. I wonder if you’ve done anything as bad as kicking someone. I’m not condoning what he did. Obviously, he lacks compassion for those that are less fortunate and doesn’t realize how blessed he is to make a boatload of money just to play a sport. HOWEVER, the death penalty? Seek counseling for your issues, my friend. As a matter of fact, take Jones with you.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:12 PM

      Are you Joseph Stalin?

  4. siggtacular - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    I agree with dolphindubs

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:13 PM

      Are you that crazy Cambodian Pol Pot?

  5. 00maltliquor - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:42 PM

    Damn homie, I like Jones and what he can bring eventually and was routing for him to hi-jack that starting PF position, but this!??

    What a low-life P.O.S. move that was. It’s hard to GAF about him now. I wonder what the whole story is and what made him do it, but at 2am I guess it’s not that hard to figure out, huh?

    “Damn homie/ In high school you was the man, homie/ wtf happend to you!?”

    • pauliewalnuts90 - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:23 PM

      Nice 50 reference.

  6. patfic15 - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Loser. Of course he will still get paid. The timea when I wish lawyers would get involved…

  7. big49er - Jul 31, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    I had to run off a couple homeless men my self on the way to work this morning.

  8. thomaskouns - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Class Act.

    Of course the way NBA journalists work, next year we’ll here a bunch of PR driven stories on how Jones has ‘reformed’ and is now a ‘great’ guy.

  9. metrocritical - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    That’s what happens when a cowardly punk goes back to his old stomping grounds. Hopefully, the next time he’s out in town, he’ll be recognized and get a heaping dose of street justice.

  10. jruc - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    I don’t care how much he works out, he’s forever weak in my eyes for this here….

  11. barnesaintnoble - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    He’ll get his. Word will get around and one night he’ll find himself surrounded by 20 homeless men.

  12. dylude - Jul 31, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    Wow PBT…. I thought once we got Dwight you’d pay attention to our roster more. Jones is going to have a definite role on this team and was the reason why Morey never got into a bidding war for Josh Smith. Jones is the best defensive 4 we have and is aggressive off the dribble and cuts, becoming a plus NBA rebounder, and has sporadic 3 point range but we all know that can improve.

    How is his role even in question at this point? He has been groomed to be a solid role player for the next few years.

    • klucky1 - Jul 31, 2013 at 6:07 PM

      @dude – lay off, man – ur on some pretty bad acid trips

  13. htownred34 - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    What an awful time for Jones to do this, he was finally starting to come out as a rotational player, he looked mature out there and was ready. But awful crap like this wont get you that PT…

  14. navyeoddavee9 - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    big49er: you are also a POS

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:15 PM

      Ever hear of sarcasm?

  15. nflcrimerankingscom - Jul 31, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    This is where crowdsourcing really could have power – let’s give notice to all to kick this MFer when he lands in the crowds at a game.

  16. nycalldayz - Jul 31, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    Mr.Jones is the ultimate punk. Punk move by a punk person.

  17. spytdi - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    I did something similar as a 5 year old. I kicked a kid’s Pound Puppies plastic lunch box and it broke. No jail time, but I did get my card punched and a note went home. I bought him a new Ninja Turtles lunch box and we were cool. Well, that’s not similar at all.

    • jimeejohnson - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:16 PM

      The only thing not similar is that you’re not in the NBA. Otherwise, this Portland kid could take a lesson from you.

  18. seanb20124 - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Did he yell “this is for Trayvon?”

  19. scottheis82 - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    This scumbag isnt worth more than this sentence. as for the homeless man, time to hit him back where it hurts… civil suit, people of Portland remain calm your streets are about. to be full of lawyers looking for this man

  20. Anoesis - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    A 6’9″, 250-lb. athlete stomping on a sleeping, middle-aged man’s leg. Wow, what a tough guy.

    Fast-forward 25 years: “In other news today former NBA player Terrence Jones was found injured at Dignity Village, a facility for the homeless, near the airport here in Portland. Jones claimed an elderly man drove up to where Jones was sleeping next to a dumpster, yelled “Wake up!” and then hit Jones in the face with a pair of Dwight Howard-signature Adidas shoes. Jones filed a complaint with police about the incident. Police told him he could keep the shoes.”

  21. loungefly74 - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:33 AM

    another reason to hate the Rockets…i’m kidding, of course…yeah, not cool. i hope some guys in the league give him hell for this…would love to see KG give him a hard block off a screen…

  22. northstarnic - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    So there’s this incident receiving minimal coverage. Meanwhile Riley cooper is about to be crucified. Makes sense.

  23. doubleogator - Aug 2, 2013 at 1:08 PM

    agree with the Riley Cooper comment, say the N word and people want him fired, his team mates want him off the team, he gets fined and will probably be out of football. Stomp on a poor homeless man and the news flies under the radar…wow

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