January 14, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones apologizes for 'stupid mistake'
New England Patriots Pro Bowl defensive end Chandler Jones issued an apology Thursday for committing "a pretty stupid mistake" that triggered him being hospitalized after having a bad reaction to synthetic marijuana. Jones sought police assistance in Foxborough, Mass., according to an incident report. "I want to start off by saying I made a pretty stupid mistake this weekend," Jones said Thursday. "I feel I need to apologize to everyone. But right now, like I said, I made a mistake. Each and every day, all I can focus on is Kansas City. I know it sounds competitive and it sounds like I'm repeating myself. That's what it is right now; becoming the best 95 I can be to help this team out." Jones was shirtless in a police station parking lot and got down on his knees and interlocked his fingers without warning, according to police. "Honestly, it appeared as if he was actively praying or worshipping," the police statement said. "At times, this man would return to an upright position, this same movement/motion was repeated at least twice. It was quite evident that Mr. Jones was desperately seeking our assistance, and he had certainly not committed any crimes -- nor had he violated any laws or town by-laws." Jones was "polite, cooperative and respectful" for the "vast majority of our interaction with him. Mr. Jones did not resist, nor was he ever argumentative or confrontational." At his home, officers detected the smell of burnt marijuana. The NFL is reviewing the incident. "Like I said, I want to apologize to all the fans and everyone who support," Jones said. "This week, I'm focused on having probably the biggest game of my life and just try to clear this. Like I said, I made a stupid mistake, and hopefully it can just blow by." Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.