Ravens' Jones hit over head by stripper

September 24, 2013
Jacoby Jones has been declared as "fine" by his coach © AP

Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh has confirmed a TMZ report that wide receiver Jacoby Jones, who is rehabilitating from a knee injury, was involved in a brawl on a party bus early on Monday morning and was hurt when he was hit over the head by a stripper wielding a champagne bottle.

Harbaugh characterised Jones as "fine" and indicated that the Pro Bowl kick returner attended meetings on Monday.

"I'm not very impressed personally with the report," Harbaugh said. "It's not something we want to be known for. We'd like to think it's not something those guys would want to be known for. It's nothing to be proud of, so I'm kind of disappointed in that sense."

A Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson told The Baltimore Sun that police responded to the incident shortly after 3 am and that Jones refused medical treatment and opted not to go to the hospital.

Jones was injured in the season opener and hasn't practiced for the past two weeks. He was one of the heroes in last season's playoffs for the Ravens, catching a last-minute touchdown in the AFC divisional playoff game in Denver and returning a kickoff for a touchdown in the Super Bowl.

Harbaugh spoke to Jones and the players involved in the situation.

"'What to do you want to be known for?'" Harbaugh said he told the players. "'Do you want to be known as a football player or do you want to be known for that?' I don't think it's anything to be proud of."

Harbaugh also indicated that he wasn't happy with his players partying into the early-morning hours.

"That was enforced in our household that nothing good happens after midnight," Harbaugh said. "I did reiterate that with the guys today."

A reporter asked Harbaugh, who turns 51 on Monday, whether he was going to celebrate his birthday on a party bus in Washington.

After laughing, Harbaugh said, "I'll pretend that question was never asked."

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