Attorney: NBA's Jones 'tripped' over homeless man

Attorney: NBA's Jones 'tripped' over homeless man
Terrence Jones with his lawyer during a court appearance. He pleaded "not guilty" on Wednesday to a harassment charge.

PORTLAND, Ore. – Professional basketball player and former Jefferson High School star Terrence Jones did not stomp on the leg of a homeless man but instead just tripped over him, his attorney said Thursday.

Jones did yell at Daniel Kellerher, 46, to wake him up, his attorney, Kevin O'Connell, said in a statement. Kellerher was sleeping on the sidewalk and Jones "may have nudged him," but that he did not intentionally harm the man, O'Connell said.

"Terrence Jones is a gentleman with not a mean bone in his body," he wrote.

Jones was arrested at about 2 a.m. Wednesday after police said he yelled at Kellerher and "stomped" on his leg near a club called Tube. Jones was charged with harassment and pleaded not guilty during a court appearance Wednesday.

O'Connell said the police officer who arrested Jones did not determine whether Kellerher needed medical attention. And he said Kellerher didn't need any.

"(Jones) certainly would not, and did not, intend to cause Mr. Kellerher any harm," O'Connell said.

He said that Jones does acknowledge that he may not have been paying attention to where he was walking.

The term "stomp" came from a police press release. O'Connell noted that neither the charging document nor Oregon state law uses the "inflammatory term 'stomp.'"

Jones led the Jefferson High School Democrats to an unprecedented three straight Class 5A championships and played in the 2010 McDonald's All-American Game.

He was drafted 18th overall by the Houston Rockets, but spent most of last season in the development league.