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After a party bus altercation in Washington, D.C. that gained national attention on Monday, Ravens left tackle Bryant McKinnie and wide receiver Jacoby Jones offered their thoughts Wednesday night on what really happened during the offensive lineman’s birthday celebration early Monday morning.
McKinnie’s account doesn’t support the TMZ report saying Jones was struck in the head with a champagne bottle by an exotic dancer named Sweet Pea. The 34-year-old said on his weekly radio show with WNST.net that the TMZ source may have been paid for the story.
“He didn’t get hit over the head with a bottle,” McKinnie said. “You had a girl who managed to find her way on the bus at the end of the night. She wasn’t invited.”
Meanwhile, Jones took accountability for being present at the scene but insisted that there was no foul play on his part. The return specialist was ruled out for Sunday’s game as he continues to rehab the MCL injury he suffered in the season opener on Sept. 5.
Coach John Harbaugh said Jones was fine on Monday and took part in his normal schedule of activity after the police report said the wide receiver refused medical attention at the scene of the incident despite having a laceration.
“I’m going to take the responsibility that I was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Jones told WJZ-FM radio. “There was no altercation. There’s nothing wrong. I did nothing wrong, but I take responsibility for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Enough said. I apologize to my teammates and everybody.”
McKinnie acknowledged that teammates and friends were present for the celebration but insisted there were no shenanigans involving adult entertainers for the night out in the nation’s capital.
The left tackle said the party bus attendees included “me, my teammates, and my friends that came in town for the game and for my birthday and stuff like that. Not any strippers. I don’t know where this came from.”
According to McKinnie, the Ravens had some fun at his and Jones’ expense during Wednesday’s practice as “Sweet Pea” by Tommy Roe was played during the workout.