The 2014-15 season has been a tough one for Geno Ford’s Bradley Braves, as they’re off to a 2-7 start in Missouri Valley Conference play and 7-15 overall. Things may get even tougher for Bradley, with leading scorer Warren Jones being one of three players who faces disciplinary action due to an incident that occurred early Thursday morning.
According to Dave Reynolds of the Peoria (Illinois) Journal Star, Jones was arrested on charges of using a fake ID and underage drinking at a strip club in Peoria. Jones was found to be using identification that belonged to teammate Omari Grier (who wasn’t at the strip club). Another teammate, Ka’Darryl Bell, was also cited for underage drinking.
The incident occurred just hours after the Braves lost 69-57 to Drake Wednesday night.
The BU guard [Jones] was with a group of 10 that was asked to leave the downtown bar after they became unruly, a source told the Journal Star.
“Police were called and they were taken outside,” said Big Al’s owner Al Zuccarini. “The arrest took place outside the building.”
“Obviously, I’m aware of what went on last night,” said BU coach Geno Ford. “I’m extremely disappointed this is something we’re dealing with during the season. We will move swiftly with corrective actions and measures. I apologize to the administration and the fans for having this occur during our season.”
Any disciplinary actions to be taken by Ford has yet to be announced, but according to Reynolds’ report Ford did plan on holding a team meeting prior to practice Thursday in order to address this situation.
Jones is currently averaging 13.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, and Bell (7.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg) is second on the team in assists with an average of 2.7 per contest. Grier has also been a factor for the Braves, as he’s averaging 8.2 points and 2.0 rebounds per game.
Bradley, which has lost six of its last seven games, visits Indiana State on Saturday.