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Maurice Jones-Drew

Charged with Battery

Allegedly Socked Security Guard

5/28/2013 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew has been charged with battery after allegedly KO'ing a security guard at the Conch House in St. Augustine, FL ... TMZ has learned.

According to the police report obtained by TMZ, MJD is accused of striking the security guard with a closed fist on the guard's left cheek, knocking him out.

According to cops, the punch was intentional.

The incident went down during "Reggae Sundays" at the Conch House restaurant on May 26.

According to the police report, witnesses say ... MJD's buddy was told by security to stop touching a young female. The buddy allegedly "slapped" a security guard on his chest ... and a melee ensued.

One of the security guards reportedly put MJD's friend in a headlock to stop the fight ... and that's when MJD stepped in and clocked the guard.

After the incident, the security guard spoke with police -- and cops noted that the guy's jaw was "swollen a great deal and had a large lump on his jaw bone."

The security guard was hospitalized after the incident -- and doctors found contusions and a bone bruise, but no broken bones.

We reached out to MJD's people for comment -- so far, no word back.

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1:25 PM PT -- The St. Augustine P.D. says they screwed up ... and misinformed the media that MJD had been charged with a crime when, in fact, he has not been charged ... yet.

Cops say MJD is a person of interest -- and officials are still investigating.
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39 COMMENTS

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1.

Pudding Tang    

Maurice Jones Threw the first punch?

430 days ago
2.

Buck Boy    

Drew charged a battery after KOing in Conch???

Now there is a REAL sports figure deserving of our respect. No BS Lance Armstrong here.

430 days ago
3.

brade33    

Close up the honky tonks

430 days ago
4.

brade33    

Close up the honky tonks

430 days ago
5.

Ace    

I thought you had to be at least 80 to be in St. Augustine.

430 days ago
6.

6one9    

BFD!!!

430 days ago
7.

cb1234    

NBC SPORTS http://snip.ps/MauriceJonesDrew

430 days ago
8.

J    

So a "Security Guard" put his friend in a head lock to "diffuse the situation?" I would have socked the security guard too. MJD will easily get out of this one.

430 days ago
9.

James R. - Los Angeles    

WOW! A football player in trouble! SHOCKING!!

430 days ago
10.

Jay-D    

A contusion is a bone bruise lol basically he just has bruise but had to say it two different ways to make it sound bad.

430 days ago
11.

OhSoLittleMouse    

Nothing good happens after midnight or while listening to Reggae.

430 days ago
12.

Gridiron    

Security should have called the police after asking them to leave the premises, not put someone in a VERY dangerous headlock that could have suffocated him. Even real police aren't allowed to use headlocks, so if a rent-a-cop put someone in one, it was recklessly endangering another at best. Not excusing the meathead behavior of the friend or MJD but there's plenty of blame to go around in this one, except for the poor woman who was groped. That's the only person with a legitimate beef.

430 days ago
13.

Bob    

Being that I am a local in St. Augustine, The Conch house is not a night club...get your facts straight TMZ.

430 days ago
14.

David    

Soo.. He's a suckerpunching lil bastard now. Throw the book at 'em like you'd do to anyone else!

430 days ago
15.

Joao    

Maurice Jones: I apologize for my inappropriate behavior. There is no excuse for what I did. BUT I was responding to a situation and did not exercise sound judgement... bla, bla, bla.

430 days ago
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