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Terrence Jones pleads not guilty to harassment charge


After police reportedly witnessed him stomping on a homeless man in Portland earlier this week, Terrence Jones appeared in court yesterday to plead not guilty to his harassment charge. His lawyer claims that Jones may have tripped over the sleeping homeless man, whose body was partially “extended onto the sidewalk,” yelled at him to “Wake up,” and then nudged him with his foot:

“While acknowledging that Terrence may not have been looking where he was walking, with a crowd that had spilled out into the street and were being herded by the police back onto the sidewalk, Terrence tripped over Mr. Kellerher.”

In a statement, Jones’ lawyer says Terrence “is a gentleman with not a mean bone in his body,” citing a strong upbringing by his mother and grandmother, “who taught him to treat people, no matter who they are, with respect and kindness.”

Earlier, it appeared that Terrence had posted an apology on his Facebook page, but it has since been deleted and he is claiming it was hacked.

Jones is due back in court on September 6th.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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59 Comments for Terrence Jones pleads not guilty to harassment charge

  1. Truth is
    11:21 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    You drink…you drive…. You lose

  2. Mr.Handsome
    11:22 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    These athletes need to get a hold of their account security. So many “hackings”

  3. Turner the Burner
    11:22 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    1 – He drove over the homeless man??

  4. OverzealousCop
    11:23 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Sounds believable. And some power-tripping cop probably just blew it out of proportion. I figured “stomp” was an exaggeration anyway.

  5. valuemartchris
    11:23 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    You better be telling the truth Terrance, its your word versus an officer’s. Not looking to good.

  6. sam hill
    11:23 am August 2, 2013 Permalink


  7. Be a man
    11:25 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    If he apologized on facebook, he should just own it and be a flipping man. Get the homeless guy a shower 3 square meals and a job application and freaking move on. These guys really need to not put themselves in these situations.

  8. asdf
    11:28 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    This version does seem more likely than the version reported yesterday. Just using the “common sense” test.

  9. Truth? Really?
    11:28 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    #1-Remember this: You drink…you post…We lose

  10. jeff
    11:35 am August 2, 2013 Permalink


  11. Corrupt Cops
    11:37 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Completely agree with #4. Just because someone is “Police” doesn’t mean they don’t lie cheat and mess people over.

  12. Jason
    11:38 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Let’s not forget…. he crashed into a UL cheerleader during final 4 game and it hurt her pretty bad. He felt horrible and gave her flowers later as an apology. The statement released today sounds much more believable than what’s come out so far.

  13. SteveM
    11:39 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Laughable how attorneys can put a spin on anything.

  14. Wow
    11:43 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Pretty in-depth analysis there #10.

  15. ChangedMinds
    11:44 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Probably should have played at home . . . this wouldn’t have been an incident but for his change of mind and attendance at Kentucky . . . @11 you don’t mean that not all cops are upstanding citizens who are not on power trips?

  16. chuchu
    11:46 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    I find it amazing that they report this all over the news, but, when UofL’s ex player T.Williams gets arrested for assulting his baby momma while having a firearm doesnt make the news…

  17. Kidnut
    11:50 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Oh, his twitter account was hacked…that is so believable. Just own it, Terrance.

  18. Dress Code
    11:50 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Could he not put on a jacket and tie for court?

  19. Truth is...
    11:53 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    If you don’t get it… Your part of the problem– not the solution

  20. slapass mcslapnut
    11:56 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Another made up story from the police. When will pple realize they cant be trusted. At least most of em on their powertrip. GO BIG BLUE AND T JONES.

  21. Jimmy
    11:58 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    19 – Not sure how drinking and driving has anything to do with this story

  22. Smitty
    11:58 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    17) His twitter was hacked too???

  23. the whole truth..
    11:58 am August 2, 2013 Permalink

    #1: No cars where involved. Your post is irrelevant. To make it relevant it should have read: you drink, you walk outside on someone’s leg, you lose. Posting a cliche anti-drinking slogan makes you seem pretentious.

  24. J in Orlando
    12:01 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Oh, you tripped? Whew, case closed, I guess we can all go home now…lol

  25. Korean Tacos
    12:02 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    You literally can’t walk downtown Portland without tripping over a homeless person or gutter punk. So I can buy his excuse.

  26. Chicago Chris
    12:06 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    I can’t help but feel the more accurate judge of one’s character is when there are no cameras on you. The hitting the cheerleader incident, acting a certain way at a basketball camp when talking to a reporters or when video is being shot doesn’t tell me who you really are. Giving money to charity when that will be in a press release, or NFL players reading to kids on camera or helping build houses surrounded by reporters means little. They are flat out told to do these things.

    Amazing how everyone here is so quick to disparage the police officer (who should be objective) and believe the lawyer (who is paid to NOT be objective).

  27. Korean Tacos
    12:09 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    #28 Well, having lived in Portland for 13 years, I can tell you the police here don’t have the best track record of “doing the right thing” or being “objective”

    Oh, and here’s a daytime shot of a typical downtown Portland street. Imagine this x4 at night.

  28. IndyAlan
    12:11 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Let’s just all do the easy thing and blame Eminem. He played 2 years ago for Coach Cal, but was probably listening to Eminem in the club and came out a little rowdy. Eminem has now contributed to Columbine, the Boston Marathon Bombing, & the Terrance Jones stomping. I love the HOEsier idiots in the office today finding so much pleasure in this. What a bunch of douchebags, this was as much Cal’s fault as was D Rose having someone else take his SAT’s. Guess IU fans didn’t find enough pleasure in Watford signing to play in Israel.

  29. IndyAlan
    12:12 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    @26 Do typical Cal players donate a million to charities you jackass? Show me what other college coaches have players steadily doing as much to give back as Cal’s players.

  30. Card Fan
    12:19 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    I believe this version mostly. TJ probably did kick him after he tripped over the DRUNK A$$ MOEO sprawled all over the sidewalk. Sympathy? Heck yeah I feel sorry that TJ has to put up with this stuff because Mr Homeless man claims any public place as a personal spot to squat. How am I doing Ryan,lol.

  31. Rambo
    12:23 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    I remember Stone Cold Willow getting his teeth fixed and TJ picking up the tab. Why didn’t that get nation wide exposure and why not look at it now?

  32. whoa
    12:24 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    #26 Riley Cooper is that you…

  33. Rambo
    12:26 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Promote the Stone Cold Willow pictures and Tell em bout Kentucky!

  34. J in Orlando
    12:27 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    27 UL Football: “Where Corruption + Weak Scheduling is as good for our fans as actually being relevant”

  35. Truth is
    12:34 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    If I had known I was being pretentious I would have stayed in bed today..
    Ill go back to the drawing board and practice quotes that might succeed next time.. I wonder if
    Kige Ramsey or Stone Cold Willow has an autobiography yet? Maybe I could brush up there

  36. come on
    12:55 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Slow news day, no Johnny Football, baseball is boring, admit it, an overweight Jason Giambi hitting a homerun is the lead story a couple days ago. So a former UK player,with a group of people, encounter a homeless guy and it hits the National news, why? Because UK IS ALWAYS NATIONAL NEWS. There is interest, unlike the gun toting domestic violence, hair brush girlfriends’ father smacking or having to be subdued with tazers in Indiana by Police U of L players are not known or cared about outside of parts of Louisville.
    I hate that some people are homeless and I would not want to be a police person having to enforce city
    Regulations on loitering. Our daughter and her husband spend time in Portland and like any city that has homeless, sometimes law enforcement of squatters is very violent from both police and squatters actions. All things considered, Terrance Jones may be correct.

  37. It happens
    1:01 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Some of you are amazing in your zealous defense of anything or anybody UK related. True, we don’t know what happened. I find it more believable that a drunk 20 something kid with newfound wealth would do the yell and stomp than I believe he “accidentally tripped over the guy. I also see no reason why a cop would invent this story. why? So just like we are quick to jump on any UofL, Tennessee, or Florida kid with an incident of bad behavior, we should not be shocked when their fans do the same. I really think Jones did tweet an apology, and the jackass bloodsucker lawyer advised him to remove it and not admit guilt. “Yeah, lets fight this in court, drag it out, and I will bill you $300 an hour to keep fighting it” . Man up, apologize, learn from it and move on Terrence.

  38. james
    1:08 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    31. Probably because Stone Cold Willow is a creep that does nothing but harass co-eds on twitter. He is just as much as a scumbag as Terrence.

  39. Al/in/Indy
    1:09 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Had anyone with a tad of common sense (Uvel and Iwho fans) watched/listened to the interview of the guy he was supposed to have kicked, you would’ve seen this guy’s playing it for all it’s worth. Like most I hate it that we do have homeless people for some it’s not like they’ve had a choice in the matter, but this guy’s been homeless for over half his life (he’s 46)and he really tried to play the camera with the interviewer. He won’t be homeless for long, but I’ll bet he’ll squander away all the money T.J. will offer and be homeless again….GO CATS!

  40. Duh!
    1:42 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    37 why would a cop invent the story? Idk but I also don’t know why a cop gave me a ticket for not stopping at a stop sign when I in fact did stop at the sign. Some cops just love to power trip. I don’t know that’s what happened here, but I know what happened in my case and I’m not going to believe dirty pigs anymore unless there’s video.

  41. Tim Kathlina
    1:47 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Cops fabricate and/or exaggerate the facts routinely in order to generate revenue for the city or state. America is broke and TJ makes a lot of money. He is a target and needs to realize this.

  42. Mc
    1:51 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    #37) I find it more believable that a drunk 20 something kid tripped over a homeless guy and thin shrugged him with his leg telling him to wake up. It’s very possible that the cop had a bad angle, or didn’t have a solid vantage point to really see what happened. That’s very possible. It’s not some far fetched idea. When I was in my 20s, and out drinking, I still wasn’t a di*k. To me it’s less believable that any person in their right mind would randomly stomp on some homeless person. It’s even less believable in the fact that Jones, having come in to some money, is now an easier target for a lawsuit for doing something like this. Yes, maybe it was a poor decision. I wasn’t there. However, I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt for now.

  43. Just Sayin'
    2:05 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    I ran into terrence multiple times in Lexington– late night at tolly ho, keeneland meets, etc. All random occurrences but I always greeted him and held my hand out for a hand shake or pound and he was always very nice and reciprocated the exchange. As a matter of fact, probably the nicest of all UK athletes i’ve ever encountered randomly (besides the Goose of course). I find the original story very hard to believe.

  44. Mental Gymnastics
    4:06 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Watching UK fans trying to rationalize this is like watching geriatric patients perform on the balance beam.

    “TJ once shook my hand, therefore he just couldn’t have done it!”

    “This guy was homeless so he deserved it!”

    “That cop obviously is lying, unlike the lawyer who is duty-bound to paint TJ in a positive light!”

    Understanding that this a pretty down-year for your athletic program, I figured that your attempts to win some moral victory, no matter how small, over your rivals and conference-mates were about as pathetic as it could get. But the brilliant commenters of KSR have bested themselves yet again, sinking even further into their delusions and being further plagued by their own cognitive dissonance. Congrats, guys!

  45. Smitty
    4:14 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    44 – You are going to provide commentary on UK fans?? Dude, you are a fan of another program…. on a UK fan site. Nothing better to do?

  46. Dennis Smith
    4:17 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Surprised to see so many comments that portray a viewpoint that TJ is obviously guilty. After what we have all witnessed in Sanford FL it is no surprise now how a jury could let a killer walk free. TJ is known to be exactly the type of person his lawyer speaks of – “a gentleman with not a mean bone in his body”, yet even some of his own fans instinctively assume he is automatically guilty. Shame on Kentucky shame on America.

    4:23 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    pay the guy and drop the charges………move on

  48. She's A Caaawp!
    4:55 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    You know, this stuff could very well be true, but we all know it’s a bunch of BS. Come on TJ made a stupid, drunken mistake (remember he is still younger than most of us posting on here) sobered up, felt bad, and posted an apology on his FB. A team rep, or his agent, or his lawyer contacted him and convinced him that, instead of being a man and doing the right thing and admitting he was wrong and apologizing and trying to make it right, he should instead lie, and try to get the charges dropped. I have NO respect for anyone involved on this one…

  49. She's A Caaawp!
    4:57 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Also: #46

    Shut up Dennis….

  50. come on
    5:01 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Poor 44#
    Has to alter statements to fit agenda, the quote was ” I have seen several times on campus” not ” I shook his hand once” , then tries to cast a broad webb of assumptions of guilt which is more hypocritical that the cases of innocence, (until guilty) due to the fact the point of the post was to prove UK fans delusion contradiction of believing and action. How can an assumption of guilt be less predjudice than assumption of innocence?
    Down year? Most celebrated basketball class maybe of all time? Alumni and pro games to Lexington, the top 5 college basketball city, outstanding academic performance, Directors Cup recognition, upgrades to facilities, new football coach and staff that are out performing established football programs and an in state school on the recruiting trail, for all the delusion of granduer the in state school is just 2wins to 1 with their current coach and 1 and 4 with the BB teams. Little

  51. MercerNary
    5:53 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Publicly committing to Washington then going to Kentucky. Publicly apologizing then pleading not guilty. Has Terrence surpassed John Kerry as the ultimate flip flopper?

  52. Wildcatsteeler
    6:31 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Nothing to see here. The charges will be dropped. Total waste of taxpayers money, which most cops are.
    Technically the homeless guy was breaking the law by sleeping there. Why didn’t the cop arrest him?

  53. Cnyle4KY
    6:41 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Lets see if Obama gets his nose in this one also, oh wait it was a black man stepping on a white man, nope noting to see here lets move along. Pfft, turn it around and see how much stink would be raised.

  54. Wildcatsteeler
    6:49 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    @52 Romney surpassed him already so you have to use him as the standard now. The guy literally had to run for president bashing his biggest achievement he had as governor. That’ll never be topped again.

  55. Wildcatsteeler
    6:50 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    Oops, @51 ^

  56. Blue truth
    7:21 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    The homeless man was asking for it just by being homeless. TJ was just doing what all Americans should do. Everyone who is a lazy bum needs to just be deported to Mexico.

  57. the minority report
    11:37 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    The ACLU said, “He coulda been Trayvon !”

  58. the minority report
    11:40 pm August 2, 2013 Permalink

    hey 52 …. when you’re taking a beat down I don’t suppose you’d dial 911 ? tough guy huh

  59. matt
    9:10 am August 3, 2013 Permalink

    Well it’s a UK player so not surprised at all.