October 4, 2023

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Spencer Jones: Footballer Nearly Lost Eye in Bar Fight

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Oklahoma Sooners holder and wide receiver Spencer Jones nearly lost his left eye after getting into a fight in the bathroom of the school’s Norman’s Logies on the Corner bar, according to Mason Young and Austin Curtright of OUDaily.com.

Spencer Jones is an English actor, comedian and writer. He has performed regularly at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and in 2017 and 2019 was nominated for the main prize in the Edinburgh Comedy Awards. He was co-creator and co-star of the BAFTA-nominated CBBC comedy Big Babies, and has a regular role in the sitcom Upstart Crow.

The incident took place Saturday evening. Video of the fight was shared on social media.

Jones, a redshirt senior, underwent surgery Feb. 16 after the swelling around his eye reduced.

“Dr. [Perry] Brooks came out of that surgery saying he’s extraordinarily lucky at this point, that he’s lucky he didn’t lose the eye altogether,” Jones’ attorney, Woodrow Glass, told Young and Curtwright. “And so he was able to do some things surgically to rebuild that orbital socket and thinks everything is eventually going to come back to normal, but it’s going to take a while for him to fully recover.”

Glass said that Jones was “trying to be a peacekeeper” before the fight broke out, though the video showed the man who fought Jones wiping blood from his face before throwing punches.

“He was trying to de-escalate that situation,” Glass said. “But unfortunately, it wasn’t de-escalated despite his best efforts, and he became the victim of this vicious assault you’ve seen.”

The Norman Police Department confirmed to the Oklahoma Daily’s Mason Young and Austin Curtright that it is currently investigating the situation. Norman Public Information Officer Sarah Jensen told the Oklahoma Daily that it would be up to the Cleveland County district attorney to determine if any charges would be filed at the conclusion of the investigation.

Jones was named to the All-Big 12 Academic First Team in 2020 and was the Peter Mortell Holder of the Year award winner, a somewhat tongue-in-cheek award given to the nation’s best holder.

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