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Attorney: Security guard sucker punched by Jones-Drew

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Updated: 5/30/2013 7:40 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The attorney of the Conch House security guard says Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew viciously attacked him.

According to the release from attorney Gregory Anderson, Kasim Howard suffered a dislocated jaw and a spinal injury after Jones-Drew sucker punched him Sunday night.

Anderson goes on to say that he was attempting to protect a women who was being harassed by a member of Jones-Drew's entourage. According to the press release, Howard never spoke or confronted Jones-Drew.

Investigators are still looking at surveillance video from the incident and they say Jones-Drew is only under investigation for battery. He has not been charged with a crime.
Here is the letter from attorney Gregory Anderson:

For Immediate Release:
Re: Maurice Jones-Drew’s attack on security personnel at the Conch House Resort, St. Augustine, Florida.
From: Gregory A. Anderson, AndersonGlenn LLP, counsel to Kasim Howard
Issued: 10:00 A.M. 05/30/13, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida:
• This past Sunday, May 26th during Reggae Sunday at the Conch House Marina Resort, Jacksonville Jaguar Maurice Jones-Drew viciously attacked and severely injured Conch House’s security officer, Kasim Howard, 31, of St. Augustine. At the time Mr. Jones-Drew attacked him, Mr. Howard was attempting to protect several female patrons from harassment by members of Mr. Jones-Drew’s entourage. Prior to the attack, Mr. Howard never saw, spoke with, let alone confronted Mr. Jones-Drew. Conch House security video captures Mr. Jones-Drew rapidly approaching Mr. Howard from the back-left side and sucker punching him in the jaw. As a result of this attack, Mr. Howard suffered a dislocated jaw and spinal injuries. He was hospitalized, later released and is recovering at home.

• The current attempts by some to characterize this as a “scuffle” are misleading and unsupported by any evidence. Any fair minded person watching the video has to conclude that Mr. Jones-Drew initiated an unprovoked attack on Mr. Howard and then literally ran away from the scene. The videos, in addition to virtually all eyewitness accounts, unequivocally prove that Mr. Jones-Drew attacked the security officer without provocation. We are evaluating the remedies available to Mr. Howard, who conducted himself professionally. Mr. Jones-Drew’s conduct was deplorable and certainly unbecoming a professional athlete. Those attempting to sanitize this incident are either uninformed or motivated by reasons other than justice.

• The St. Augustine Police Department is continuing its criminal investigation.

--Gregory A. Anderson, Attorney for Kasim Howard
AndersonGlenn LLP
50 A1A North Suite 101
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082
(904) 273-4734
www.asglaw.com
gaanderson@asglaw.com
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1country - 5/31/2013 2:49 PM
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Ya Think?

nativejax - 5/31/2013 10:29 AM
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This guy is probably going to sue the 'mojo' right out of him.

TOMMY - 5/31/2013 6:49 AM
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guilty!

Texas Pete - 5/31/2013 5:16 AM
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MJD,looks like you're going to need a hefty pay raise. What were you thinking? You can bet if it was the average person involved in this altercation, they would have been charged on the scene with an investigation to follow.

Truthseeker - 5/31/2013 4:59 AM
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Why is anyone surprised? MJD is just another over-paid spoiled thug who happens to be able to play a meaningless sport and he looks just like the son that Obama might have had.

whosaysnocan - 5/30/2013 5:39 PM
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Another case of a thug football player. His entourage are of the same type of punk. Personally never liked the team. Has not done much for the "average" citizen of the city. From what we know so far is that Jones-Drew reacted by stepping in when his group was harassing some women that the security guard was trying to protect. That this football player is supposed to be a role model to kids is a shame. Like many NFL players this one is worshiped and is the lesser of what should be a role model for many of the kids that aspire to be "just like them." I do pray that he gets what he deserves by the laws available. As for the injured guard, he deserves what ever he can get from the wealthy player.

imtellin - 5/30/2013 3:42 PM
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show us the st. john's county jury the video & we will return a just verdict against jones drew.. he'll be taking public transportation for the next 20 years !!! we'll sucker punch him in the wallet !!! how's that for justice !!!

semoto - 5/30/2013 3:07 PM
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Ditto. Dissapointment. But wait! Do not sign up a good Christian-Clean cut athlete that has thus far "walked the talk" Jags don't need any negative press.

nativejax - 5/30/2013 1:59 PM
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Darn it Drew, I'm so disappointed.
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