Patriots practice squad player Jimmy "J.J." Worton was arrested early Saturday morning in Foxborough, MA after police said he assaulted a man and two women.
Worton was charged with two counts of indecent assault and battery on a person aged 14 and over and one count of assault and battery. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Wrentham District Court
At around 1 a.m. on Saturday, police officers responded to a report of an assault at Waxy O'Connor's Irish Pub. Witnesses said two men fled in a sedan after one of the men accosted two women and assaulted a man. When officers pulled over the sedan, Worton was in the back seat.
Police say Worton told them he accidentally brushed against one of the women when he was leaving the bar. Worton told police he tried to run away but that he was confronted by the woman's boyfriend. Worton said he punched the man in the face in order to defend himself. Two female victims ID'd Worton as the man who had assaulted them.
Worton, through his attorney Carol-Ann Fraser, said there was no intentional contact with any woman at the bar. He said he tried to avoid confrontation with the women and took steps to defend himself when the woman's boyfriend chased him outside the bar and into the parking lot and physically confronted him.
The Patriots signed Worton to the practice squad on Jan. 12. He spent the final month of the 2015 regular season on the Rams practice squad after being signed on Dec. 11 as a rookie free agent from Central Florida. The 6-foot-2, 211-pounder, finished his college career with 168 receptions for 2,360 receiving yards and 21 touchdowns. He had 36 receptions for 514 yards and five touchdowns as a senior in 2014.
Worton's contract expired with the Patriots, as did all practice squad players after the AFC Championship Game. He will not be offered a deal with the team in 2016, a source told ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Worton was also arrested as a player at Central Florida in 2012 after he swung at a deputy with a fist in an attempt to punch him during a St. Patrick's Day party.
ESPN's Mike Reiss contributed to this report.