Chris Jones

Former University of Louisville basketball player Chris Jones allegedly sent a threatening text message to a woman with whom he had a relationship, according to an incident report released to IL this afternoon by campus police in response to an open records request.

Jones was dismissed from the team on Sunday, and U of L didn’t provide a reason for the dismissal. Jones had recently served a brief suspension, the circumstances of which the university also did not disclose.

According to the report, the woman had tried to meet Jones at his apartment, and when he didn’t show up, she “mess(ed) up” his room. At 2 p.m. the following day, Jones allegedly texted her back, threatening to “smack TF (the fuck) out of” her.

The report also indicates she did not wish to press charges.

In addition, the university confirmed to IL that campus police are conducting an investigation into a separate incident report. They did not release that report to IL, citing the ongoing investigation. Campus police spokesman Kenneth Brown told IL he wasn’t sure when the investigation into the second incident would be concluded.

Reached this evening, U of L athletics spokesman Kenny Klein had no comment.

Jones allegedly sent the threatening text message on Feb. 17, the day before the basketball team played Syracuse. Jones was suspended for that game and reinstated last week. He played in Saturday’s game at the KFC Yum! Center against the Miami Hurricanes. The following day, the team announced he had been dismissed.

Chris Jones ULPD report

Stephen George is news editor of Insider Louisville. He is a former editor of LEO Weekly and the Nashville City Paper, and a former news editor of the Nashville Scene. He has written for various other news and culture publications and is happy to be back in Louisville.


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