Report: 3 EMU players charged with assaulting cousin of teammate's killer

September 4, 2014

Three Eastern Michigan football players charged with assault allegedly attacked the cousin of the man convicted of fatally shooting former Eagles wide receiver Demarius Reed in 2013, reports citing court records.

MLive writes that the players charged with aggravated assault are senior defensive back Darius Scott, junior wide receiver Quincy Jones and junior wide receiver Jairockeis (Jay) Jones.

According to MLive:

Records at the 14A-2 District Court in Ypsilanti list Demarko Taylor, 24 of Ypsilanti, as the victim in the assault. In January, Taylor testified at a preliminary exam against Ed Thomas and Kristopher Pratt, the two men charged in the case.

Taylor reportedly told the Ann Arbor News Thursday that he saw the players drive by him when he was walking home from a store. He says he told his two friends, "Watch, they’re going to turn around and jump me.” 

MLive writes:

Not long after, [Taylor] said the Dodge sedan the three players were in turned back around. Taylor said he tried to talk to them, saying he had nothing to do with Reed’s murder, but the players didn’t listen.

“They’re not trying to hear it,” he said. “They want revenge or something.”

Taylor said one person charged him and took a swing at him. He swung back and then they all charged him and he couldnt defend himself.

Last year, Reed was fatally shot in Ypsilanti. Pratt, who is reportedly Taylor's cousin, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder as part of a deal that called on the 20-year-old Detroit man to testify against 21-year-old co-defendant Thomas. Pratt alleged that Thomas participated in the robbery of Reed. A jury acquitted Thomas of murder and other charges on July 28. Pratt was sentenced to 18-30 years in prison on Aug. 12.

"The reason for the beating appears to stem from a past case that the victim was involved in," Lt. Deric Gress of Ypsilanti (Michigan) police wrote in the statement, MLive reported Wednesday. Gress said the alleged assault occurred Friday at 12:49 p.m. local time.

Taylor reportedly said he avoided a confrontation with EMU football players at the school's fitness center earlier this year.

MLive says records show the three players involved in the alleged assault "are out of jail on 10 percent of $5,000 bonds, records show." 

The players have a pretrial hearing Monday. 

"We're aware of the situation involving the student athletes," Eagles assistant athletic director Greg Steiner told MLive. Steiner also noted that the players are still on the team, according to the Wesnesday report. "Right now, we're following standard Eastern Michigan University policy regarding disciplinary actions."

"We're certainly following those cases closely and under the FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) rules, the outcomes of those processes aren't shared publicly."

The alleged victim of the Friday incident suffered a broken orbital bone and received stitched, MLive writes, noting that he "was taken to a local hospital in stable condition."

MLive reports that both Scott and Reed attended Simeon High School in Chicago together.

The media report also states that Scott, Quincy Jones, and Jay Jones did not play Week 1 vs. Morgan State and are not included on the team's depth chart for Florida this weekend. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.