Police arrested Raiders outside linebacker Chandler Jones in Las Vegas, according to TMZ. The former All-Pro, who resides on the team’s reserve/non-football illness list amid a strange saga that has transpired this month, remains in custody.
Jones committed two violations of a domestic temporary restraining order, according to Andrew Groover of The Associated Press. The 33-year-old defender was cooperative with authorities, TMZ reports. The arrest occurred at 11pm Thursday, and Jones remains at the Clark County Detention Center. He is expected to be released today, Groover adds.
Jones has not been with the Raiders since his initial social media outburst, which occurred September 5. Since, a slew of social media posts have led to the 11-year veteran moving out of the picture for the Raiders. Most recently, Jones shared Monday night that the Las Vegas Fire Department officials transported him to the hospital “against my will.” The 2022 Raiders free agency addition added that he was transferred to Seven Hills Behavioral Health Hospital last week.
During this run of tirades, Jones has levied extensive criticism at Josh McDaniels and GM Dave Ziegler. The known developments in this concerning stretch began with Jones voicing his displeasure about allegedly being locked out of the Raiders’ facility. He then said he did not want to play for the Raiders as long as McDaniels and Ziegler are in charge. The former Patriots and Cardinals standout turned his attention to Mark Davis as well, saying the longtime Raiders owner was holding “a huge secret.”
The Raiders have classified the Jones situation as a private matter, and The Athletic’s Vic Tafur notes the team did not comment on the arrest. Friday’s news comes as personnel around the league have expressed concern about the pass rusher’s well-being. While the Raiders were believed to be open to Jones returning to the team if the situation improves, this week has placed some barriers in his path back to the team.