Sep 27, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets power forward Terrence Jones (6) poses for a team picture during media day at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets: Terrence Jones Trying To Put Portland Incident Behind Him


Houston Rockets second-year forward Terrence Jones is trying to put the past behind him and focus exclusively on basketball. When asked about the July incident where he was charged with stepping on a homeless man Portland, Jones did not comment.

“It doesn’t have anything to do with what I’m talking about right now,” Jones said after practice Tuesday. “It’s a legal matter. I can’t talk about it. It’s just something I had to deal with. I’m just moving on, trying to get ready for the season.”

Jones pled not guilty to a charge of misdemeanor harassment. A hearing is scheduled for Oct. 10, but Jones is not required to attend.

Following the incident, Jones spent the rest of the off-season in Houston, where he devoted all his attention to life on the court. Now, the former Kentucky stand-out is ready to battle for the starting power forward position.

“I’m feeling real good.,” Jones added. “I’ve been working hard all summer just to try to get better on every aspect of my game. I think it’s paying off.”

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  • Liam

    “Look man- I’m a professional athlete. If I wanna stomp on a homeless man I’m allowed. This is about me making millions and being better than every non pro athlete. Let’s stick to what’s important.”

  • DJ

    T Jones is NOT a bad egg. Did he make a mistake? Yes. Did he have too much to drink that night? Probably. But I don’t think this was a malicious act. My understanding, and I live in Portland, was that T Jones and friends came out of a club and were either walking or milling around. T Jones stepped or tripped on this guy’s legs, which were sticking out into the sidewalk and as a joke, Jones turned his attention to him and stomped on his leg and said, “Wake up!”

    At the time, it probably seemed kinda funny, but in hindsight, Jones probably realizes it was a mistake. This doesn’t need to be blown out of proportion any more than that.