Wake Forest assistant men’s basketball coach Jamill Jones has been arrested and charged with third-degree assault in connection with the death of a 35-year-old Florida man who was in New York City for a wedding.
Jones turned himself into police Thursday afternoon and was arraigned Thursday night at Queens County Criminal Court. Jones was released on his own recognizance and was ordered to return to court Oct. 2.
Statement from Wake Forest Athletics on Jamill Jones:
"We have just been made aware of this matter and we are gathering information.
"We will make a further statement after we learn more about the matter."
— Wake Forest Sports (@DemonDeacons) August 9, 2018
According to police, Jones allegedly punched Sandor Szabo in the face following a confrontation in the early morning hours Sunday that began when Szabo knocked on Jones’ car window thinking it was his Uber ride.
Szabo lost consciousness when his head hit the pavement, and he was brought to an area hospital in critical condition. He was treated for fractures to the left side of his face and the rear of his skull, along with bleeding of the brain. He was taken off life support Tuesday afternoon.
Turns out the man who died after being punched by Wake Forest assistant hoops coach Jamill Jones was from Raleigh pic.twitter.com/ttho3bbqMa
— Mark Armstrong (@ArmstrongABC11) August 10, 2018
The investigation is ongoing, and charges against Jones could be upgraded, police said.
Jones is set to begin his second season on Danny Manning’s Wake Forest staff after joining in the spring of 2017.