Bills receiver comes clean after bloody arrest shocked sporting world


Buffalo Bills wide receiver Zay Jones celebrated another year of life Friday, as he turned 23 years old less than two weeks after a bizarre incident where he tried to jump out a 30th-story window.

Jones, commenting publicly for the first time since the incident occurred, took to social media on Friday to give thanks that he is still alive.

“Thankful to be alive. thankful for another year. more life,” Jones wrote.

“The outreach of love has been overwhelmingly great. thank you for all the birthday wishes and for those who have supported me through everything,” he added in a followup tweet.

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The incident in question occurred on March 19 in an Los Angeles apartment building where his older brother’s girlfriend lives.

Video footage showed Zay Jones naked and tussling with his brother, Minnesota Vikings receiver Cayleb Jones. Zay could be heard yelling, “I’m going to fight for Jesus.”

Cayleb tried to stop him, but Zay broke away and ran down the hall toward the girlfriend’s apartment.

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Zay later ran from the apartment to a balcony area and smashed a hole in the window with this foot. Photos taken at the scene of the incident showed there was blood everywhere.

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Zay reportedly tried to jump out the 30th-floor window, but his brother stopped him and police arrived shortly thereafter.

The Bills receiver was detained by police for felony vandalism, but the L.A. district attorney’s office decided not to bring criminal charges against Jones because of “insufficient evidence.”

On Friday, Cayleb posted an Instagram message to his brother in celebration of his birthday.

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“3•30•95, this one means more to me than any of them have before. I’m Thankful for you, Ill cherish everyday I have with you. Nothing in this world is more important than family. Nobody will ever understand & I realized it’s better that way. I got you forever Happy Birthday Zay Zay,” Cayleb wrote.

In a reply back to his brother, Zay indicate that Cayleb indeed saved his life that day.

“Without you, I wouldn’t be here,” Zay wrote, according to CBS Sports. “You literally saved my life Cayleb. Nobody will understand what happened, but as long as I have you I could care less. You’ve always had my back. Since day 1. True definition of my brothers keeper, til the end.”

Jones is now looking forward to playing in the upcoming season with the Bills.

“Our plan is for Zay to continue to be a Bill,” Bills general manager Brandon Beane said last week at the NFL owners meeting in Orlando, as reported by New York Upstate.

“(Bills coach) Sean (McDermott) and I did speak with Zay after everything settled down. He’ll be back in Buffalo soon. It’s an unfortunate situation is probably the best way to phrase it. It was a private conversation between me, Sean and Zay so I’m just going to leave it there,” Beane said.

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Dave is a lifelong sports fan who has been writing for The Wildcard since 2017. He has been a writer for more than 20 years for a variety of publications.
Dave has been writing about sports for The Wildcard since 2017. He's been a reporter and editor for over 20 years, covering everything from sports to financial news. In addition to writing for The Wildcard, Dave has covered mutual funds for Pensions and Investments, meetings and conventions, money market funds, personal finance, associations, and he currently covers financial regulations and the energy sector for Macallan Communications. He has won awards for both news and sports reporting.
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