In sworn affidavits, both alleged victims reported Jackson exiting Walmart and hitting another car with a shopping cart. Jason Clement made a remark about the incident to Jackson, as he was getting into his white 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. At the time he was with an unidentified female.
Jason and Alia Clement continued loading groceries into their car when they claim Jackson pulled up along side them and began conversing with them. Alia Clement told Jason to get a picture of Jackson’s license plate. As Jason stood behind Jackson’s car, Jackson backed into Clement, striking him multiple times. Jackson then pulled forward and struck Alia Clement with his car as well. Jason moved to the front of the car and Jackson quickly accelerated, striking Jason once more. Jackson continued to drive with Jason on the hood of the car. He was tossed off the hood as the car approached the tire and oil change area of Walmart.
As of now, Jackson faces 2 charges of second degree assault, but WPSD Local 6 has reported that Jackson could soon face additional charged.
Both head coach Steve Prohm and Athletic Director Allen Ward have released statements on the situation, stating that first and foremost, Jackson is suspended from all team activities while the Investigation is pending. Those are below, in their entirety.
Statement on Zay Jackson from Head Coach Steve Prohm:
“I was disappointed and surprised to learn of the incident on Sunday involving Zay. I will continue to work with the authorities to gather and evaluate the facts as quickly as I can to get a clearer picture of what actually happened. Until that time, Zay has been suspended from all team activities. There is a standard of conduct I expect from all my players, and from what I know at this point, that standard was compromised. I will support Zay in his efforts to make this right, but I anticipate this matter will take time to fully resolve.”
Statement on Zay Jackson from Director of Athletics Allen Ward:
“The department takes matters such as this very seriously. I fully support the manner in which Coach Prohm has handled the incident and the action he has taken on Zay’s involvement with the team. We will continue to monitor the matter closely and make decisions accordingly as additional facts are presented. I deeply regret any embarrassment this has caused the university.”
[Update] Per WPSD Local 6, Jackson’s charges were reduced in court this morning from two counts of 1st degree assault to 2nd degree assault. Jackson’s bond was also lowered to $15,000, down from the original $20,000. He currently remains in jail.
Jackson is scheduled for a preliminary hearing September 26 at 9:30 a.m.
Earlier this morning, Murray State Athletic Director Allen Ward said they aware of the situation, but have no comment at this time.
More about what happened beneath the jump.
[Original Story] The Associated Press is reporting that Murray State guard Zay Jackson has been arrested and is charged with two counts of assault for allegedly hitting two people with his car in a Wal-Mart parking lot.
The incident happened around 4 p.m. on Sunday, following an altercation in a Wal-Mart parking lot. The two people hit suffered minor injuries.
Arraignment is scheduled for Monday morning.
Jackson was a reserve who averaged 4.9 points, 2.3 assists and 2.1 rebounds as a freshman. He was projected to start this year for Murray State, which went 31-2 and beat Colorado State in its NCAA tournament opener last March.
We’ll bring you more as it develops.