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Dominic Jones
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Jones in 2017
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Defensive back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-01-18) January 18, 1987 (age 33)
Place of birth: Columbus, Ohio
Career information
College: Otterbein
Undrafted in 2011
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
 As player:
* Cleveland Gladiators (2012)
 As coach:
* Cleveland Gladiators (2016)
Defensive backs coach
Career highlights and awards
* Second Team All-Arena (2013)
Tackles     335.0
Interceptions     9
Forced Fumbles     5
Kick return yards     3,072
Total Touchdowns     7
Stats at ArenaFan.com

Dominic Jones (born January 18, 1987) is a former American football defensive back. He played college football at the University of Minnesota before being dismissed from the program[1] and transferring to Otterbein College. He attended Brookhaven High School in Columbus, Ohio. Jones is a registered sex offender.[2]

Early years[edit | edit source]

Born the son of Keith Jones and DaMona Lipsey, Jones played high school football for the Brookhaven High School Bearcats. As a senior in 2004, Jones helped lead the Bearcats to an Ohio Division II State Championship.[3] Jones received scholarship offers from Michigan State, Minnesota and Pittsburgh.[4]

College career[edit | edit source]

University of Minnesota[edit | edit source]

Jones chose to continue his football career for the University of Minnesota.[5] Jones saw playing immediately for the Gophers, appearing in all 12 games as a true freshman. He was 6th on the team with 55 tackles on the season, while also leading the team in punt return yards.[6] As a sophomore in 2006, Jones was the starting strong safety for the Golden Gophers, starting at 13 games. He tied for second on the team with 82 tackles, while also serving as the teams primary kickoff and punt returner.[7]

Sexual assault conviction[edit | edit source]

In July 2007, Jones was charged with raping an 18-year-old female while visiting a University Village apartment.[8] He was acquitted of the rape charge and eventually convicted of criminal sexual conduct. [9]

Otterbein College[edit | edit source]

After serving 8 months in a workhouse, Jones enrolled at Otterbein College, where he was given a chance to join the football program.[10] Jones earned first team All-America, All-Region, and All-Ohio Athletic Conference in his lone season with the Cardinals.[11]

Professional career[edit | edit source]

Cleveland Gladiators[edit | edit source]

Jones was assigned to the Cleveland Gladiators on October 20, 2011.[12]

Orlando Predators[edit | edit source]

Jones signed with the Orlando Predators on November 5, 2012.[13] He returned 88 kicks for 1,751 yards and four touchdowns during the 2013 season, earning Second Team All-Arena honors as a kick returner.[14]

Return to Gladiators[edit | edit source]

Jones was traded to the Cleveland Gladiators on February 18, 2014.[15]

Coaching career[edit | edit source]

Jones was named the defensive backs coach of the Cleveland Gladiators on March 3, 2016.[16] In December 2016, he was promoted to assistant head coach and director of football operations.[17]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Minnesota boots four involved in sex assault case" (in en). 2007-07-18. https://www.espn.com/college-football/news/story?id=2941285.
  2. Mir, Maricella; Press, a | Pioneer (2009-07-08). "Ex-Gopher Dominic Jones’ sex crime conviction upheld by appeals court" (in en-US). https://www.twincities.com/2009/07/08/ex-gopher-dominic-jones-sex-crime-conviction-upheld-by-appeals-court/.
  3. "Colerain, Brookhaven top talent wins Ohio titles". www.rivals.com. Yahoo!. December 9, 2004. https://alabama.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=364177. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
  4. "Dominic Jones". www.rivals.com. Yahoo!. https://sports.yahoo.com/alabama/football/recruiting/player-Dominic-Jones-28218. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
  5. "Football Program Announces National Letter of Intent Signees". www.gophersports.com. University of Minnesota. http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/020205aaa.html. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
  6. "2005 Minnesota Golden Gophers football stats". www.gophersports.com. University of Minnesota. http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/2005-2006/m-footbl-stats-05.html. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
  7. "2006 Minnesota Golden Gophers football stats". www.gophersports.com. University of Minnesota. http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-footbl/stats/2006-2007/m-footbl-stats-06.html. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
  8. Karlee Weinmann (July 18, 2007). "Jones charged in rape case". www.mndaily.com. Minnesota Daily. http://www.mndaily.com/2007/07/18/jones-charged-rape-case. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
  9. Rochelle Olson (July 29, 2008). "Ex-Gopher Dominic Jones: 'My name now is Inmate'". www.startribune.com. The Star Tribune. http://www.startribune.com/local/west/26011539.html. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
  10. Mark Znidar (August 14, 2010). "Otterbein gives Jones second chance". www.dispatch.com. Columbus Dispatch. http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/sports/2010/08/14/otterbein-gives-jones-second-chance.html. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
  11. Adam Prescott (October 21, 2011). "Jones Signs with AFL's Cleveland Gladiators". www.otterbeincardinals.com. Otterbein College. http://www.otterbeincardinals.com/news/2011/10/21/FB_1021111114.aspx. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
  12. "Historical Team Transactions". arenafan.com. http://www.arenafan.com/teams/?page=transactions&type=old&team=131. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
  13. "Historical Team Transactions". arenafan.com. http://www.arenafan.com/teams/?page=transactions&type=old&team=13. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
  14. "Dominic Jones". arenafan.com. http://www.arenafan.com/players/12135/. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
  15. "Predators Trade Dominic Jones to Gladiators". oursportscentral.com. February 19, 2014. http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=4741651. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
  16. "Dominic Jones Named Gladiators Defensive Backs Coach". clevelandgladiators.com. March 3, 2016. Archived from the original on April 8, 2016. https://web.archive.org/web/20160408171713/http://www.clevelandgladiators.com/team/latest-news/dominic-jones-named-gladiators-defensive-backs-coach. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  17. "Gladiators Announce Coaching Staff for 2017 Season". clevelandgladiators.com. December 23, 2016. https://www.clevelandgladiators.com/team/latest-news/gladiators-announce-coaching-staff-2017-season. Retrieved July 10, 2017.

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