Jalen Mills wants to start a new chapter with the Philadelphia Eagles, and he is crediting a pair of all-time basketball greats for providing the inspiration.
The Eagles veteran, who will be changing his number from 31 to 21, said on Tuesday that LeBron James and the late Kobe Bryant inspired the change.
“The number change is just a new beginning,” Mills said, per Martin Frank of the Delaware News Journal. “One of the guys who always motivates me was Kobe Bryant or LeBron James. Kobe went from 8 to 24. LeBron from 6 to 23. It’s re-creating myself, re-creating that ‘Green Goblin,’ that monster. It’s a new position. It’s a new feel. It’s going to be new energy.”
The 25-year-old Mills, who will also be switching positions from cornerback to safety next season, signed a one-year, $5 million deal to return to Philadelphia this offseason. He added that he had interest from other teams as well but that they all wanted him to remain as a cornerback.
The Washington Wizards issued a harsh statement in response to Devin Robinson being involved in a fight with Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills.
Robinson and Mills were both arrested for fighting outside the Opera Ultra Lounge in D.C. just before 3:00 a.m. on Saturday. Robinson was taken to the hospital for treatment and then was released to the police.
The Wizards hammered Robinson in a statement, saying they are “disappointed” in him and will not offer him a contract.
“We are aware of the incident this morning involving Devin and are disappointed in his actions. We will not extend him a qualifying offer for the 2019-20 season,” the Wizards said.
The Eagles also issued a statement in response to Mills’ involvement.
“The Philadelphia Eagles are aware of the situation involving defensive back Jalen Mills and are continuing to gather more information. No further comment will be provided at this time.”
Mills reportedly paid a $35 fine and will have a court date unless the charges are dropped.
LSU defensive back Jalen Mills was arrested early Wednesday morning and charged with second-degree battery. According to a probable cause report obtained by WAFB in Louisiana, Mills has been accused of punching a woman in the face at his apartment complex last month.
The report stated that the victim, who was identified as a 5-foot-3, 113-pound woman, knocked on the door to Mills’ apartment because she was looking for her friend. Mills allegedly confronted her and closed the door in her face, and she walked away when no one answered her second knock. The woman claimed she then heard someone say something, at which point she turned around and was punched in the face.
A person who witnessed the incident gave the same report as the victim.
The report went on to say that the woman “fell to the pavement and was briefly unconscious” after she was allegedly punched by Mills. She suffered a laceration on her lip that required four stitches.
No bond has been set for Mills. The LSU Sports Information Department announced on Wednesday that Mills has been suspended from the football team indefinitely. Mills was the Tigers third-leading tackler last season with 67 tackles. He was named an All-American cornerback as a freshman in 2012 before moving to safety last year.