Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Chandler Jones has been taken into custody in Clark County, Nevada, on charges of violating a domestic protective order. He is expected to be released later today, as reported by NFL Media. Jail records indicate that bond has been set at $15,000 for each charge. Jones is scheduled to appear in court on December 4.
This incident follows a tumultuous week for Jones, who claimed on Monday that he was released from a court-ordered mental-health hold against his will and forcibly injected with an unspecified drug. On Thursday, he posted a live stream on social media discussing various topics, including government secrets and ISIS, and appeared to blame Raiders coach Josh McDaniels for the death of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.
Jones, a two-time All-Pro, has yet to play for the Raiders this season. He was placed on the non-football illness list due to an alleged clash with McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler. The Raiders issued a statement expressing hope that Jones receives the necessary care, stating that they will not provide further comment as it is now a legal matter.
Jones had previously expressed his reluctance to play for the Raiders under McDaniels’ leadership in deleted social media posts. He also claimed to have been prevented from going to the team facility. In September, Jones posted on Instagram that a crisis team representative sent by the team had stated he was “in danger.” These posts were later deleted.
Jones signed a three-year, $51 million deal with the Las Vegas Raiders as a free agent in March 2022. He recorded 38 tackles, 4.5 sacks, and three fumble recoveries in 15 games last season. Jones’ notable moment with the Raiders came in Week 15 when he returned a New England Patriots lateral for a touchdown, securing a 30-24 victory.
Chandler Jones, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, has accumulated 511 tackles, 112 sacks, and 13 fumble recoveries throughout his career with the New England Patriots, Arizona Cardinals, and Raiders. He was drafted by the Patriots in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Syracuse University.