Jacksonville Jaguars eight-year veteran wide receiver Isaiah Avery "Zay" Jones was arrested by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office on Monday, per a search of the public jail records and multiple reports.
Per the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office jail records, #Jaguars WR Zay Jones was arrested Monday evening for a misdemeanor domestic battery charge.— Clayton Holloway (@HollowayNFLN) November 14, 2023
Per the record, his arrest was for domestic battery causing bodily harm - a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in jail and up to $1,000 in fines. Additionally, he could face court costs, restitution, probation, treatment, and community service, if convicted.
Per team officials:
"We are aware of the situation and are in the midst of gathering information. We will have no further comment at this time."
Signed as a free agent from the Las Vegas Raiders, Jones inked a three-year, $24 million contract with $14 million in guarantees (his 2022 and 2023 salaries) before the 2022 season. Jones immediately exceeded all expectations catching 82 passes, for 823 yards, and five touchdowns in his first year with the team. Zay, in his first year under Doug Pederson quickly established himself as a field stretcher and red zone target for QB Trevor Lawrence.
However, Jones has battled with a recurrent knee injury in 2023, resulting in only two full games completed, with three game appearances. He initially injured his knee in Week two versus the Kansas City Chiefs and subsequently reinjured it in week five versus the Buffalo Bills. Zay currently has eight catches, for 78 yards, and two touchdowns in his two-and-a-half games played in 2023. In less than three games, Jones has still objectively been the Jaguars' best red zone target, catching two of Lawrence's nine touchdown passes on the season.
The specific details of the charge are currently unknown, as more information is being gathered. As I always advise in arrest situations with limited information, it would be best to wait for more details before assuming a verdict or jumping to worst-case scenarios. Jones is set to appear in court at 9 am Tuesday.
Bond was subsequently set for $2,500 for Jones, with arraignment scheduled for Dec. 6 at 2 pm.
FULL VIDEO OF ZAY JONES' COURT APPEARANCE ⬇ pic.twitter.com/b9zJgvbBpd— Nash Henry (@NashJagsNats22) November 14, 2023
According to ESPN, the dispute stemmed from a custody battle in which Jones and the mother of his child were exchanging words, when Jones allegedly snatched her chain off her neck, leaving a visible mark. Per the arrest report, the officer reportedly saw small scratches on the mother's neck which were consistent with fingernail markings. This action is what reportedly resulted in Jones being arrested for domestic battery causing bodily harm. We will update you once more information has been received.