Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Chandler Jones has asserted that he was involuntarily taken to a hospital, as indicated in his recent social media activity, which is uncharacteristic for the 11-year NFL veteran.
The Raiders placed Jones on the non-football illness list last week, citing a personal matter. Since Labor Day weekend, he has been absent from the team while making allegations about the Raiders, owner Mark Davis, general manager Dave Ziegler, and coach Josh McDaniels.
On Monday night, Jones shared photos of journal entries and what appeared to be a statement on “patient rights” via the platform X, formerly known as Twitter. He captioned the post with “First day out but I’m still aligned,” suggesting that he was discharged from the facility on that day.
In his journal entries, Jones detailed the experience of being transported to Southern Hills Hospital in Las Vegas by “5 to 7” Las Vegas Fire Department officials, who informed him that he was placed under a “court hold” by the police department. According to his writings, he subsequently found himself at a behavioral health facility last week.
“I haven’t done anything wrong. The police said people were concerned about me because of my posts online,” Jones wrote. He further mentioned that he was administered an undisclosed substance in the ambulance without his consent.
The 33-year-old also highlighted portions of the “patient rights” document that he believed were violated during his stay at Southern Hills, particularly in relation to their attempts to compel him to take medication and injections.
Chandler Jones’ social media posts started attracting attention on September 5th when he initially shared, then deleted, an Instagram story expressing his desire to no longer play for the team. He alleged that team officials had denied him access to the Raiders’ gym and posted a screenshot of what appeared to be a text conversation with Las Vegas general manager David Ziegler. In the screenshot, Jones expressed frustration that Ziegler and head coach Josh McDaniels hadn’t responded to his messages.
Later, on September 8th, he posted a video where he laughed off what he perceived as the Raiders’ attempts to unsettle him and claimed to possess additional pictures and text messages. This followed his earlier posts containing photos and screenshots, which alleged that a member of the Las Vegas Crisis Response Team had been sent to his door.
Jones continued to make accusations against Raiders owner Mark Davis on social media, although he later asserted that his account had been compromised. On September 20th, he was placed on the NFL non-football illness list.
The four-time Pro Bowler remained inactive for the first two games and also missed the Raiders’ Week 3 defeat against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Last season, as part of a three-year, $51 million contract, the two-time All-Pro started 15 games for the Raiders.