PORTLAND, Ore. — Former University of Kentucky basketball player Terrence Jones was arrested in Portland, Ore., on Wednesday after he was seen stomping on a homeless man's leg, a police spokesman said.
A police sergeant making sure people remained orderly while they left a downtown club shortly after 2 a.m. saw the 6-foot-9 Jones walk by a doorway where two homeless men were sleeping and yell "Wake Up!" before lifting his foot and stomping on one man's leg, said Sgt. Pete Simpson, a Portland police spokesman.
Jones, 21, was booked into the Multnomah County Jail on a misdemeanor harassment charge. He was later released on his own recognizance and later pleaded not guilty at his arraignment. He did not speak with reporters. His next court date is Sept. 6.
The homeless man, identified as 46-year-old Daniel Kellerher, had a minor injury that did not require immediate medical attention, Simpson said.
Jones, a forward for the NBA's Houston Rockets, could not immediately be located for comment. Jones graduated from Portland's Jefferson High School before attending UK.
Jones played two seasons at Kentucky, helping the Wildcats to the Final Four in 2011 and the national championship in 2012.
The Rockets selected Jones with the 18th pick of the 2012 draft. He played sparingly in his rookie season, averaging 5.5 points in 19 games.
Rockets spokeswoman Tracey Hughes said the team had no comment, and Jones' agent, Arn Tellem, did not immediately return a phone message left with his secretary Wednesday.
While at UK, Jones was involved in an early-morning incident that prompted Coach John Calipari to institute a team curfew.
Jones and teammate Stacey Poole Jr. were riding in a vehicle driven by one of Jones' high school friends that was hit by another car in an accident that took place around 2:30 a.m. in November 2011.
Jones and Poole sustained minor injuries but broke no laws or team rules.
However, Calipari set a team curfew for 11 p.m. during the week and midnight on weekends.
"Honestly, I take full responsibility for being out late. I really let down my team by making us have curfew," Jones said at the time.