Terrence Jones, the NBA Houston Rockets forward, was arrested early Wednesday morning in Portland, Ore., for allegedly stomping on a homeless man's leg after leaving a bar with friends.
The 21-year-old basketball player was charged with harassment and pled not guilty during a court appearance later that afternoon, KATU.com reported
The incident was reportedly observed by a Portland police sergeant who, while watching several individuals exit a bar, allegedly saw Jones pass a doorway in which two homeless men were sleeping.
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Jones proceeded to yell, "Wake up," at the men, according to the sergeant, before stomping on the leg of one of the homeless men, police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson told reporters.
Jones reportedly refused to comment about the charges as he walked into the courtroom Wednesday escorted by his attorney.
Jones' attorney, however, disputed the charges against his client, telling reporters that the NBA player did not stomp on the man and that "this isn't a criminal matter," KATU.com reported.
The victim, Daniel John Kellerher, 46, sustained a minor injury to his leg that required no immediate medical attention, according to Simpson.
After having posted $1,500 bail, Jones is due back in court on Sept. 6.
While awaiting processing in court, Jones was in tears, KATU.com reported.
Rockets spokeswoman Tracey Hughes told the Associated Press that the team had no comment
Calls to Jones' agent, Arn Tellem, were not immediately returned Wednesday, the AP notes.
Jones was in tears as he awaited processing at the court, KATU.com reported.
Before playing in the NBA, Jones helped his college team, the Kentucky Wildcats, to the Final Four as a freshman and later to a national title in 2012.
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The 6 foot 9 inch, 252-pound forward was drafted 18th overall by the Houston Rockets last season, though he spent most of his time in the development league – the National Basketball Association's official minor league basketball organization.
In the 2012 – 2013 regular season, Jones played 19 games with the Rockets for a total of 14.5 minutes on the court, during which he averaged 5.5 points and 3.4 rebounds, ESPN reports
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