January 15, 2002 - From the Daily Tarheel

UNC Football Player Charged With Assault

Staff Report

January 15, 2002

North Carolina football player Kitwana Jones was arrested Monday after an altercation at a dance in the Student Union's Great Hall on Saturday night.

Reports state that Jones was charged with one count of misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury after he allegedly hit another man, cutting the victim's eye.

Jones was released Monday on a written promise to appear in court.

A 5-foot-11, 235-pound backup fullback who played primarily on special teams, Jones was attending a dance in the Great Hall when people started pushing one another, reports state. He allegedly hit the victim after the victim came to help a friend, who had been put in a full nelson by an unknown man, reports state.

Jones said he had been hit in the eye by the victim's friend first, but witnesses claimed that no one else threw a punch, reports state.

Kevin Best, assistant director of athletic communications, said Monday that Jones was already on suspension for "violating team policies" prior to Saturday's incident.

Jones, a sophomore from Wilmington, played in nine games in 2001 and made three tackles.