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Matt Jones' father: Son claims no responsibility
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) The father of Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Matt Jones says his son claims no responsibility for the cocaine found when he was arrested in his college home town last week.

"We want to make it clear that Matt was not in possession of any drugs, but that there were drugs in the vehicle and were located in the closest proximity to Matt," Steve Jones said in a statement Thursday posted on the website of KWNA television station in Fayetteville. "He does not claim any responsibility for the drugs."

The statement goes on to say that Matt Jones has talked to Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio, "telling coach he made a mistake and realizes that." The Morning News in Springdale said the elder Jones declined to elaborate on what his son and the coach said.

Steve Jones described the days since his son's arrest as "tough" and said his son would make a statement later with an attorney, according to the newspaper and KHOG television station.

Matt Jones, 25, a former Arkansas quarterback, faces a felony charge of possession of cocaine. Police say he was inside a car cutting up cocaine with a credit card before he was arrested. Jared Hicks and Benjamin Cook also were arrested and face misdemeanor drug charges. Hicks is a former Arkansas Razorback, as well.

Police say they searched the vehicle and found a plastic bag filled with a white substance that tested positive for cocaine and a jar with possible marijuana residue.

Steve Jones said his son was "disappointed in himself."

"It's a tough situation and Matt is here and there's been a lot of talking and a lot of soul searching," the elder Jones said. "We're going to make something positive out of it."

Jones, a first-round pick in 2005, failed to develop into the go-to receiver for Jacksonville. He caught 77 passes for 1,075 yards and nine touchdowns in his first two pro seasons, but he struggled in 2007.

Last season, Del Rio became increasingly frustrated with Jones' demeanor and work ethic, making him inactive for three games. In the offseason, the Jaguars signed free agent Jerry Porter and traded for former first-round pick Troy Williamson, raising questions about Jones' future with the team.

Jones was released from the Washington County jail on $2,500 bond. His arraignment was set for Aug. 11, two days after Jacksonville's preseason opener against Atlanta.

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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