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NIU’s Antonio Jones-Davis Suspended For Eye Poke

Will miss conference opener after video emerges

NCAA Football: Buffalo at Northern Illinois Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

If you were watching the late night Saturday action between the Northern Illinois Huskies and the San Diego State Aztecs, you were likely a bit tired as the game action wore on. So it’s possible you may have missed a fairly significant thing on a kickoff as captured and tweeted by SI College Football. Have a look:

That’s... not ideal.

The NIU player involved, LB Antonio Jones-Davis has now been suspended for the next NIU action (a conference tilt against the Kent State Golden Flashes).

NIU head coach Rod Carey released the following statement on Sunday:

“After seeing the video of the incident that occurred during a kickoff of last night’s game at San Diego State, I have suspended linebacker Antonio Jones-Davis for the upcoming game versus Kent State (Oct. 7).

“Antonio’s action is not indicative of his character, nor that of our players or coaching staff, and does not reflect the values upon which our program has been built.

“Last night’s game was extremely hard-fought, it was emotional and it was a chippy game which at times crossed the line on both sides as evidenced by the number of post-play penalties. However, Antonio’s action in that emotional moment was completely unacceptable, and he understands that he must face the consequences.

“In speaking to Antonio today, he has taken full responsibility for his actions and voiced to me his disappointment in himself that he embarrassed the university and the football program.

“On behalf of our football program, I want to apologize to San Diego State, Coach Long and SDSU player Rashaad Penny. Antonio and I will be reaching out personally to them in the near future.

“I’m confident Antonio, and our entire team, will learn from this incident and be better going forward.”

So credit to Carey and the Huskies for holding Jones-Davis to a high standard and it’s a good thing that Rashaad Penny wasn’t seriously hurt. I’ve been in the bottom of some piles before and there’s some not so great things that go on underneath them. Hopefully, this is a lesson to all.