Maurice Jones-Drew sued by bouncer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Former Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew is being sued by a man who claims Jones-Drew struck him during a bar fight last summer.

Kasim Howard filed a civil lawsuit in St. Johns County that alleges Jones-Drew hit him from behind during an altercation at a St. Augustine, Florida, restaurant/bar called the Conch House on May 26, 2013. The suit alleges that Howard, who was working as a bouncer that day, suffered bruises, a loss of consciousness, a concussion and a herniated disk in his spine.

Jones-Drew, who signed a three-year, $7.5 million contract ($1.2 million guaranteed) with the Oakland Raiders in March, was not charged in the incident. The state attorney’s office, after a monthlong investigation that included viewing surveillance tapes of the incident, said the state could not establish any charges beyond a reasonable doubt.

Jones-Drew’s attorney, Henry M. Coxe III, released the following statement regarding the lawsuit: "The State Attorney shut this down after reviewing everything. We haven’t heard anything in ages and then we get a lawsuit after he moves to Oakland? We will deal with this in the judicial system as we have everything else."

Howard’s attorney, Patrick T. Canan, was unable to be reached for comment Thursday night.

Howard is requesting a jury trial and is seeking damages because of emotional distress, pain and suffering, embarrassment, medical expenses, lost wages as a result of his inability to work as a professional boxer, and legal fees.