An assault charge against Longhorns wide receiver Cayleb Jones has been reduced from a felony to a misdemeanor, Travis County officials confirmed Tuesday night.
Jones originally was charged with aggravated assault, a second-degree felony, for what Austin police said was throwing a punch in February that broke the jaw of a UT men’s tennis player in a dispute over a member of the volleyball team.
Travis County assistant district attorney Gary Cobb said his office determined the charge didn’t meet the legal definition of inflicting “serious bodily injury.”
“We looked at it and don’t believe it fits the definition of serious bodily injury,” Cobb said. “There is bodily injury, but it doesn’t meet the legal definition (for a felony).”
Travis County Attorney David Escamilla, whose office handles misdemeanor cases, said, “We’ve got the case and are reviewing it.”
An arrest warrant for Jones was issued March 12, and he was booked and released from the Travis County Jail after posting bail.
After charges were filed, Texas coach Mack Brown announced in a release that Jones had been suspended from “all team activities pending the completion of the legal process.”
The incident occurred early in the morning of Feb. 22 at a nightclub on East Sixth Street. Jones allegedly threw a punch at Joseph Swaysland after Jones saw Swaysland talking to volleyball player Khat Bell, whom police said had a previous relationship with Jones that had ended.
Jones, an Austin High graduate, was a backup for the Longhorns as a freshman. He caught two passes for 35 yards and had one run of 10 yards. Before his suspension, he was one of several receivers contending for a starting job.