Who is Jackson Mahomes? What we know about the Kansas City Chief’s QB’s brother
The younger brother of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is due in court on Tuesday charged with three counts of aggravated sexual battery.
Both of the Mahomes brothers are the headlines this week but for contrasting reasons. Patrick led the Chiefs to their sixth victory of the season with 424 yards, 4 TDs and a rating of 129.5 against the Chargers at Arrowhead stadium; meanwhile his younger brother Jackson, a social media influencer, will attend a preliminary hearing on Tuesday, charged with three counts of aggravated sexual battery plus a misdemeanor count of battery in an alleged assault during an incident at a restaurant in Overland Park, Kansas back in February.
Johnson County officers arrested Jackson Mahomes on 3 May on a felony charge of sexual battery. The 23-year-old was booked into jail with a $100,000 bond. The arrest stems from an ongoing investigation into two separate events that occurred on February 25 at Aspens Restaurant and Lounge in Overland Park, a suburb located south west of Kansas City.
A 19-year-old waiter reported that Jackson shoved him and ordered the waiter to leave the restaurant’s office. Restaurant owner, 40-year-old Aspen Vaughn reported that Mahomes then asked to speak to her in private regarding the incident. Once inside her office, he grabbed her by the neck and forcibly kissed her at least twice.
“He forcibly kissed me out of nowhere,” the restaurant owner told the Kansas City Star. “And I’m telling him, pushing him off saying, ‘What are you doing?’ and then he proceeded to do it two more times, where the last time I was pushing him off, and I can see on the cameras that somebody was outside the office door, and I was yelling for them to come help, because he’s big and massive.”
Not guilty plea
Mahomes pleaded not guilty to the charges and his attorney Brendan Davies released a statement saying, “Jackson has done nothing wrong. Our investigation has revealed substantial evidence refuting the claims of Jackson’s accuser including the statements of several witnesses. We have reached out to law enforcement to provide the fruit of our investigation so that they may have a complete picture of the matter.”
Mahomes’ hearing was originally scheduled for August but was postponed after Johnson County District Court Judge Thomas Sutherland contracted Covid-19. A new date for the preliminary hearing was set for Tuesday 24 October - tomorrow. The prosecution is expected to outline its case and the judge will likely hear testimony from witnesses.
Jackson is free on $100,000 bond and attended the Chiefs’ home game against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday. He was photographed standing behind Taylor Swift in the VIP lounge at Arrowhead stadium, which outraged the singer’s fans. He has attended several of the Chiefs’ home games this season, along with his his sister-in-law Brittany.
The charge of sexual battery carries between 50 and 55 months jail time. Assuming that he is found guilty, with no deal reached, Jackson Mahomes’ worst case scenario is a felony record and just over four years in prison. However, such an outcome is highly unlikely, with the strongest possibility that he will either plead to a lesser misdemeanor charge. Then of course there is always the possibility of an acquittal or even complete exoneration at the arraignment.
Aspen Vaughn meanwhile has been forced to close her restaurant down, claiming that her business suffered as a result of the negative publicity associated with the case.
Social media influencer
Born on 15 May 2000 to parents Pat Mahomes and Randi Martin in Tyler, Texas Jackson is just under five years younger than his NFL star brother Patrick. Jackson graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City in 2022 with a degree in marketing but currently dedicates his time to social media. As an influencer, he has built up a huge following on Instagram and TikTok. He currently has over a million followers on TikTok, 247,000 followers on Instagram, 35,000 followers on X (formerly Twitter) and just under 25,000 subscribers to his Youtube account on which he has posted nine videos. On his TikTok bio, he wrote: “Sup I get Bullied a lot but I’m still here”.