New York Giants third-round draft pick Chad Jones involved in serious car accident in New Orleans
Former LSU safety Chad Jones, who the Giants selected in the third round of April’s NFL Draft, lost control of his black SUV and crashed into a streetcar pole in New Orleans around 6:15 Friday morning. He was listed between critical and stable condition, according to New Orleans EMS spokesman Jeb Tate. Two passengers were also injured.
Jones, 21, suffered a fractured leg and had arteries and nerves exposed, according to CBS affiliate WWL-TV. His father Alfred told a local radio station that he was alert when paramedics took him to LSU’s Trauma Center. He was expected to remain in surgery into the evening.
New Orleans police said the former LSU star was charged with “careless operation of a vehicle.” The police also said they would be looking at toxicology reports.
Jones signed a contract with the Giants on June 11 that was believed to be worth $2.6 million over four years. His agent Rocky Arceneaux did not immediately return a phone call. The severity of the injuries is unknown.
Jones, a two-sport star who won national championships in baseball and football, finished his LSU career with 158 total tackles, including two sacks and five interceptions. He was also a relief pitcher on the baseball team’s 2009 College World Series win.