Newly acquired Oakland Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew may be taking a trip back to Florida real soon to fight a lawsuit leveled at him by a restaurant/bar bouncer that claims MJD hit him during an altercation.
Per Michael DiRocco, ESPN: ‘Kasim Howard filed a civil lawsuit in St. Johns County that alleges Jones-Drew hit him from behind during an altercation at a St. Augustine, Florida, restaurant/bar called the Conch House on May 26, 2013. The suit alleges that Howard, who was working as a bouncer that day, suffered bruises, a loss of consciousness, a concussion and a herniated disk in his spine.’
Howard is seeking damages because of emotional distress, pain and suffering, embarrassment, medical expenses, lost wages as a result of his inability to work as a professional boxer, and legal fees (Damn, he’s going all out).
Jones-Drew, coming off signing a deal with the Raiders for three-years, $7.5 million, wasn’t charged in the incident.
MJD’s Attorney: “The State Attorney shut this down after reviewing everything. We haven’t heard anything in ages and then we get a lawsuit after he moves to Oakland? We will deal with this in the judicial system as we have everything else.”
The State attorney’s office investigated the incident and found no evidence after looking at surveillance footage, so this sounds very much like one of those typical run-of-the-mill frivolous lawsuits aimed at squeezing some money out of someone with a lot of money. Good luck with that.