January 25, 2016 - Aaron Wilson
Patriots practice squad receiver J.J. Worton arrested for assault, attorney says it was self-defense
Former New England Patriots practice squad wide receiver J.J. Worton was arrested in Massachusetts on two counts of indecent assault and one count of assault and battery, but his attorney said it was a case of self-defense. The former Central Florida player was detained in Foxboro, Massachusetts after allegedly punching a man at a bar. The incident stemmed from an allegation that Worton inappropriately touched two women, including the girlfriend of the man he touched. He wasn't required to post bond after his arrest. He was detained for two hours. Worton through his attorney, Carol-Ann Fraser, issued a written statement to National Football Post where he denied making intentional contact with the women. "He tried to avoid confrontation and had to defend himself when the boyfriend of a woman at the bar chased him outside of the bar and around the parking lot and physically confronted him," said Fraser, through a written statement to the Orlando Sentinel. The Patriots signed Worton to the practice squad in January. At Central Florida, he finished with 168 receptions for 2,360 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns. Follow me on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL Aaron Wilson covers the Texans for The Houston Chronicle.