Pizza delivery driver: D’Qwell Jackson said he was ‘going to kill me’
Indianapolis Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson, the player whose interception in the AFC Championship Game spawned Deflategate, was arrested and charged with simple assault after an alleged incident in Washington D.C. involving a violent confrontation with a pizza delivery employee. To make matters even worse, the victim has alleged that Jackson threatened to kill him.
Initial reports indicated that Jackson punched the victim, who now has been identified as Jose Bonilla-Fuentes, after making threats over the use of a parking spot. Additional damning details and allegations have emerged regarding the incident in an interview Bonilla-Fuentes did with Indianapolis radio station CBS Sports 1430AM on Wednesday.
Bonilla-Fuentes says the incident was prompted by his use of a reserved parking spot in an area with assigned spaces.
“What happened is that a crazy guy tried to choke me,” Bonilla-Fuentes, 41, explained during the interview, via Eye on Football. He added that Jackson allegedly threatened his life, claiming the Colts player said he was “going to kill me.”
Bonilla-Fuentes, who was treated at the scene but declined a trip to the hospital, stated that Jackson attempted to smooth things over once police arrived on the scene.
“He come to me and say ‘Please, please I’ll give you whatever money you need, but don’t do nothing, don’t let the police take me,'” Bonilla-Fuentes said.
The Colts released a statement Wednesday acknowledging the team is aware of Jackson’s arrest.
“The Indianapolis Colts have been made aware that D’Qwell Jackson was charged yesterday in DC with a count of simple assault,” the statement read. “When the Club learns more of the surrounding facts, it will make an appropriate statement.”
Jackson not only will have to deal with the potential legal repercussions of the assault charge, his alleged conduct could be in violation of the NFL’s new personal conduct policy, with potential consequences ranging from paid leave to being barred from participating in Colts team activities.
While Jackson’s interception of a Tom Brady pass during the AFC title game is credited with providing the Colts the ability to make officials aware of the possibility that the Patriots were deflating footballs, the linebacker conceded later that he doesn’t handle footballs enough to be able to ascertain if the ball was underinflated or not.
(photo credit: Jim Davis/The Boston Globe)