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
50 A1A North Suite 101
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082