Dogs owned by Oakland Raiders’ cornerback Taiwan Jones attacked and killed a Chihuahua owned by one of his neighbors in Brentwood, California.
Police are still investigating, but by the sounds of the report from the San Jose Mercury News, Jones fully accepts responsibility for the attack – and feels awful about it.
“It was a tragic accident and he feels terrible about it,” Doug Hendrickson, Taiwan Jones’ agent, said. “It’s never happened before. He’s sick over this, no question.”
The attack happened on Monday night while the neighbor, Olivia Paredes was out walking her Chihuahua when Jones’ two pit bull mixes charged and attacked.
“I walked my dog along that street every night,” Paredes said. “We’ve had (Chula) since she was 6 weeks old. She was part of the family. I usually have granddaughter with me and I just worry … this could happen again.”
The fate of Jones’ dogs is still up in the air as the investigation continues. It should be reiterated that Jones’ agent describes his client as an “animal lover” and that Jones’ has been “devastated” by the incident – and that the dogs have never been an issue before.
So no, this doesn’t seem to be a story of another reckless NFL player affecting his community in a negative way – but a tragic accident.