New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones was called a “confused party” when he showed up at the Foxboro, Massachusetts, police station Sunday morning, according to police and fire radio dispatches.
Firefighters were called to the scene for a medical and mental evaluation.
According to the Boston Herald, Jones, 25, arrived at the Foxboro Police Department at 7:42 a.m. Dispatch records show Jones was taken to Norwood Hospital at about 8 a.m. for an undisclosed medical emergency, the newspaper reports.
The Patriots said in a statement, “Chandler Jones was admitted to the hospital on Sunday and released that day. He reported to work on time Monday morning and has participated in all meetings and practices since then.”
The Boston Globe reported Wednesday that Jones had a bad reaction to synthetic marijuana. Jones has practiced all week.
Lou Merloni, a former Major League Baseball player who now works for WEEI, tweeted that a source told him Jones “walked into police station parking lot all jammed up shirtless and shoeless asking for help from police.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. After Jones Showed Up at the Police Station, An Officer Went to His House & Locked His Door
In the audio, the dispatcher tells an officer to respond to the back parking lot of the police station saying he is “not sure of the situation.” The officer responds, “we’re out, we’re out.”
After an unrelated fire call for a “lift assist” is heard on the audio, the officer asks for medics to respond to the front lobby area for a “confused party.” The dispatcher then summons the fire department for a “medical emergency” at 7:42 a.m.
On fire dispatch recordings from the same time period, which you can listen to below, the dispatcher is asked to send the rescue to the front parking lot for an evaluation, “medical, uhh, mental.”
While firefighters tended to Jones, an officer was sent to his home, which is just blocks away, according to the Herald. An officer can be heard telling a dispatcher, “I got his keys off the table, I was able to lock the front door. If you want to just pass along to the fire, he was definitely involved with class D delta before this happened, just so they know.”
It’s not clear what the officer is referring to when he says “class D delta.” In Massachusetts law, “class D” is a classification of drugs that includes marijuana, among others. You can see a full list here. “Delta” is the phonetic alphabet code word for the letter d.
Synthetic marijuana is a Class D substance in Massachusetts.
According to the radio communications, Jones was taken to Norwood Hospital just before 8 a.m. by ambulance. The rescue said they were taking Jones “ALS,” which stands for advanced life support.
2. The Police Chief Initially Denied Any Interaction With Jones
O’Leary said the department doesn’t fill out paperwork for medical calls “unless a person’s dead,” the Herald reports. He said he didn’t misspeak when he first talked to the newspaper, saying he doesn’t consider it a police-specific call.
He told the newspaper he wasn’t sure why the officer went to Jones’ home.
“I have no idea,” said O’Leary. “I didn’t talk to the officer. I don’t know whether there was no one else at the home or whether he was asked. I don’t know.”
3. Dispatch Records Were Edited to Remove Medical Information, Police Say
The dispatch report from Sunday was modified Tuesday afternoon, after the Herald called the department. Foxboro Police Chief Edward O’Leary told the newspaper that was to delete medical information.
“It’s protected information on a medical condition,” O’Leary told the Herald. “Officers get training in making sure it’s information that’s not to be disclosed. I trust my lieutenant to know the difference.”
O’Leary, when asked by the newspaper if dispatch records had ever been modified in the past, said, “That’s a possibility. I just don’t recall any at this point.”
4. Jones Missed the Patriots Last Game With a Toe Injury
Chandler Jones missed New England’s January 3 game against Miami with a toe injury. According to ESPN, the injury limited in practice in the week leading up to the game.
He suffered the injury during practice earlier that week. Jones was back at practice Monday, despite the toe injury and hospitalization.
5. The Former First Round Draft Pick Is 5th in the NFL in Sacks This Year
Jones is in his fourth season with the Patriots, who are set to play the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday in Foxboro in the AFC Divisional Round of the playoffs. Jones, a Pro Bowler this season, is fifth in the league with 12.5 sacks. He missed New England’s last game, on January 3, against Miami with a toe injury.
The former Syracuse defensive end and Rochester, New York, native is the brother of fellow NFL player Arthur Jones and former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones.