HONOLULU (KHNL) -- A University of Hawaii football player accused of domestic violence broke his silence Thursday. Keenan Jones talked about the case after making his initial appearance before an Oahu judge.
"All rise," the bailiff announced, while pounding a gavel.
Not quite the starting whistle. But for Warrior football player Keenan Jones, the game is on.
"I have what they've served me," he told the judge, while pulling out his paperwork.
On this day, the senior cornerback plays defense without his attorney present.
The 22-year-old is charged with felony assault and domestic abuse. His girlfriend says he attacked her on two separate occasions.
"I just want to get back and come, come back and do what I came to, go to school and play football," Jones said. "That's all I want to do."
His girlfriend told police they were arguing over a $300 cable bill when he slammed a door on her foot, fracturing two toes.
Ten days later, at an apartment building on Wilder Avenue, investigators say Jones choked the 22-year-old woman as she sat in her car.
"I don't know what this girl is going to do. She showed up unannounced," the defendant said. "So I'm just trying to get it taken care of and move forward."
Warrior coach Greg McMackin says Jones will be suspended until the formal investigation is completed.
"Coach didn't want to do it," Jones said. "But, you know, new coach too. It's kind of putting him in a tight situation. So he handled it the best way possible. I talked to the coaches and they're all still cool."
Now stuck on the bench, he has this message for his supporters.
"Back me up while I go through these hard times," he said. "I just got to get through it and stay strong. That's all. Have faith in me."