PORTLAND – A 46-year-old homeless man who was reportedly stomped by NBA star and former Jefferson High School graduate Terrence Jones Wednesday opened up about the attack Thursday.
Daniel Kellerher, who has struggled with homelessness and drug addiction for almost 20 years, said he was stomped in the back of his leg while he slept in a doorway on Northwest 3rd Avenue in Old Town Portland.
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A police officer who witnessed the attack pulled over and spoke with Kellerher. Jones was then placed into custody and booked in the Multnomah County Jail on harassment charges.
“I didn’t do nothing. I was laying there sleeping,” Kellerher said. “It was a shock, you know? Something like an electric fence went through me at that point in time.”
Kellerher, who said he’s been in and out of the hospital for high blood sugar, told the officer that he wanted to press charges against Jones. Kellerher said he has slept under bridges, trees and in parks for 18 years and has never been attacked.
“You know it don’t feel good..It’s hard. I just want to cry,” he said. “It’s just hard to talk about because it hurts. I didn’t think anybody would ever do that.”
Kellerher said it still hurts to sit on one side.
“Why the heck does he want to mess with the homeless? That’s what I can’t figure out, why these guys out here they think they’re better than us, because we sleep in a doorway and they sleep in a god dang bed?” Kellerher said. “Ain’t nobody out here on these streets better than the next person. We all get up. We all put our pants on one leg at a time.”
On Wednesday afternoon, Jones pleaded not guilty to harassment. He was represented by Portland attorney Kevin O’Connell and was accompanied by his mother in court.
On Thursday afternoon, O'Connell released a statement to KGW.
"Terrence Jones denies the charge and, in fact, appeared in Multnomah County Circuit Court on July 31, 2012 where he entered a plea of not guilty. We believe that the case will be resolved favorably. We look forward to the next court appearance, scheduled for September 6, 2013," the statement says.
Jones won three straight 5A titles with Jefferson and was a two-time player of the year. He was on the 2012 NCAA champion Kentucky Wildcats team where he played for two years.
Jones was drafted by the Houston Rockets with the 18th pick in the 2012 NBA draft.
KGW reporter Mark Hanrahan contributed to this report.