A video shows that a Middle Tennessee State football player was choking his girlfriend last November, which was apparently a frequent situation, while his teammates that watched did nothing.
The Associated Press reports that the woman, Ronni Cantrell, came to the police with the videotape of defensive tackle J.D. Jones choking her.
Officer Adam Wortman wrote the videotape is narrated by other suspects who did not help the woman and said the choking “happens all the time or every day.” The officer wrote that a friend is seen and heard trying to stop Jones from choking Cantrell only to be threatened by other men in the room, according to the report first obtained by The Daily News Journal.
Since the case is still ongoing, the video has not been released publicly.
Jones and two other two players involved in a bar incident on Saturday were Rodney O’Neal and Marcus Robinson. All three were charged; Jones was hit with domestic aggravated assault and the others with aiding and abetting.
MTSU responded with suspending the players indefinitely, but it would be a shock to see them return to the field. It’s indeed troubling to see others not react to something like this, and the fact that it’s so common just gives more emphasis to push campaigns to stop violence against women.