Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones reluctantly addressed a shooting incident involving family members before practice on Tuesday.
“That a family matters” Jones said. “This is football. That’s private.”
A man was in critical condition and three others are recovering after a shootout involving a family in Alabama with ties to Jones.
Baldwin County (Ala.) Sheriff Hoss Mack said in a news conference Monday that four people shot in a weekend incident at a trailer park are relatives of Jones, AL.com reported. They are either nephews or cousins of the NFL player, Mack said.
Immediately following the game against Dallas on Sunday, Jones left the team for a family emergency had to immediately call his mother, Queen Marvin.
Jones plans to be ready and play when the Falcons (4-5) play the Saints (9-1) at 8:20 p.m. on Thursday in New Orleans.
“I never left stuff off the field affect me on the field,” Jones said. “I’ve been doing it for so long. Family issues and things like that, my family is good. Everybody is good. I can come out here and play. Do what I need to do and take care of business.”
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