COLLEGE STATION – Another Texas A&M football player has been arrested, this time for disorderly conduct in the Northgate District.
Ricky Seals-Jones, a freshman wide receiver from Sealy, was taken into custody around 2:30 a.m. Sunday on a charge of Disorderly Conduct (Language).
According to police, Seals-Jones was being "carried away by his friends" as the bars were closing in the 100 block of College Main. An officer says he saw someone bump into Seals-Jones, which led the wideout to reportedly start exchanging words with the person.
As the officer moved towards the scene to see and hear what was going on, he says Seals-Jones broke away from his friends and yelled "F*** you! You want some?" The officer also says Seals-Jones motioned to the other person like he wanted to fight. The player was taken into custody on the misdemeanor charge.
Seals-Jones was injured in the 2013 season opener against Rice while scoring a touchdown. He sat out the next game against Sam Houston State, had limited playing time in the Alabama game, and was given a medical redshirt to maintain his year of eligibility. He was among the most highly-touted wide receivers in the nation out of high school.
The lawyer representing Seals-Jones, Cameron Reynolds, released a statement Sunday night:
"Ricky Seals Jones is absolutely fighting these charges. He had nothing to drink and was at home when a friend called him to come to Northgate to give him a ride home. Ricky went to Northgate to help his friend toward the car when someone struck him. When Ricky turned toward him that person cursed him and called Ricky the "N" word. Words were exchanged and Ricky was arrested. The other individual was not arrested. I have personally spoken with an independent witness who confirms these facts. Ricky volunteered to take a breath test since he had not consumed alcohol but this request was never granted."
While not proof, a tweet from Seals-Jones shortly before 8:00 p.m. Saturday seems to back up the attorney's claim that the wide receiver was not out drinking.
Prob just gone stay in tonight— Sweet Jones (@RickySealsJones) April 6, 2014
Aggie Athletics spokesperson Alan Cannon tells News 3 the Texas A&M Athletics Department is looking into the incident and determining what steps to take. For past arrests of players, indefinite suspensions have been handed down. Since spring has passed, Cannon says if a suspension were levied, it would include team lifting and running for the time being.
The initial word from Aggie Athletics to KBTX was that Seals-Jones would be suspended, but the department later revised that.
Seals-Jones was released from custody after posting the $445 bond.
Disorderly Conduct (Language) is a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500.
Seals-Jones responded to the arrest about 6:30 p.m. Sunday with this tweet:
Drag my name threw the dirt...more motivation to the seals-jones family ❗️��— Sweet Jones (@RickySealsJones) April 6, 2014
The arrest is just the latest for the A&M football team in recent months.
Starting quarterback contender Kenny Hill Jr. was arrested on March 28 for public intoxication outside another Northgate establishment when he was allegedly found by authorities passed out in a planter.
In late February, defensive tackle Isaiah Golden and linebacker Darian Claiborne were taken into custody at an apartment complex, the former for alleged possession of marijuana, the latter for an noise violation because he was allegedly yelling while police were questioning people.
Claiborne was arrested December 22 on drug charges.