A judge dismissed the two most serious charges against ex-NBA player Dontae Jones in connection with an April 25 shooting outside a Nashville nightclub in which seven people were wounded.

Jones, 24, was accused of simple assault with bodily injury, reckless endangerment and felony vandalism.

General Sessions Judge Michael Mondelli dismissed the reckless endangerment and felony vandalism charges after the testimony of Darryle L. Tyce, a security guard, during a preliminary hearing.

Jones, who has been free on $8,000 bond since his arrest, was bound to the grand jury on the assault charge. If convicted, he would face a maximum of 11 months and 29 days in jail and a $2,500 fine.

"I protested my innocence," Jones said after the hearing. "When this is all over with, I'll go back to doing what I do best, and that's play basketball."

Jones, who grew up in Nashville, led Mississippi State to the Final Four and was MVP of the SEC tournament in 1996. He was drafted by the Knicks in the first round, and subsequently traded to the Celtics who released him in January.

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