A University of Alabama at Birmingham football player has been accused of choking his ex-girlfriend and threatening to kill her if she told cops, authorities said.
Tylan Kiere Jones, a 21-year-old UAB defensive lineman, was arrested late Wednesday on a third-degree domestic violence charge. He remained jailed without bond early Friday, Blount County jail records show.
Jones, a 6-foot-3, 290-pound Mississippi native, was taken into custody after a 21-year-old Blount County said he choked, hit and tossed her to the floor over the past month, according to an incident report obtained by AL.com.
Jones kicked the woman in the head while wearing boots and smothered her with a pillow, she told investigators. The hulking lineman’s ex also said he beat their dogs so badly that they couldn’t move, according to the report.
In one alleged attack, Jones threw a kitchen knife at the woman, causing the weapon to become stuck in her left leg.
“He then pulled the knife out and told her he would kill her if she told the police,” the report reads. “She states she is in fear of her life.”
The woman needed eight stitches to close her wound, deputies said.
Jones’ former flame obtained a temporary protection from abuse order against him Wednesday. A hearing on the matter has been set for later this month, AL.com reported.
Jones, a redshirt junior, played in two games for the Blazers last season, tallying one tackle, his team bio shows.
A UAB athletics department spokesman told The Post in a statement that the university was aware of Jones’ arrest and that he had been suspended from the team as the investigation continues.
“Of course we take this news extremely seriously,” associate director of communications Ted Feeley said. “We will look into it and take any appropriate action that may be necessary.”
Jones had been already ruled out for the season after breaking his foot during fall camp, Feeley said.
UAB (1-0) is set to take on the take on the No. 2 Georgia Bulldogs (1-0) on Saturday in Athens.