Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn grants former Northwestern football player’s clemency request

Patrick Svitek, City Editor

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A former Northwestern football player is among 65 people whose clemency requests were granted Friday by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.

Charged with battery in 2004, ex-linebacker Braden Jones is now eligible to expunge his court records.

The Illinois Prisoner Review Board did not specify the incident that led to the charge, though Jones had a history of violence before then-football coach Randy Walker announced Jones’ exit from the team and NU in March 2004.

A year earlier, Jones pled guilty to two misdemeanor charges of battery and unlawful use of a driver’s license in connection with an altercation at a fraternity party. He was accused of assaulting and trying to rob a cab driver in March 2004, though the charges were dropped after further investigation.

Six months after leaving the team, Jones was arrested at an NU football game and charged with attacking two security officers as they tried to escort him out of Ryan Field.

Jones transferred to Southern Illinois University, where he played tight end. He later joined the Minnesota Vikings.

— Patrick Svitek

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