Police arrested Jones, of Kernerville, North Carolina, on Thursday and charged him with third-degree assault.
Jones, who is an assistant basketball coach, is accused of punching Sandor Szabo, 35, outside a hotel in Long Island City last weekend, causing Szabo to fall, hit his head on the pavement and lose consciousness, NBC New York reported.
He was taken to a hospital and died on Tuesday.More news: Axel Tuanzebe: Aston Villa re-sign Manchester United defender on loan
A person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press that Szabo may have been drunkenly banging on auto windows before Jones allegedly confronted him.
He now coaches at Wake Forest University. Szabo's brother said he thought Szabo may have mistaken an SUV for a cab, according to the New York Daily News. The investigation is ongoing.
Jones joined the Demon Deacons staff in May 2017 after coaching stints at Central Florida, Virginia Commonwealth and Florida Gulf Coast.
Wake Forest released a statement.More news: Kris Aquino dazzles in yellow at 'Crazy Rich Asians' premiere in Hollywood
A spokesman said Wake Forest had no immediate comment on the 35-year-old Jones' arrest.
Szabo was "super outgoing, friendly, and an incredibly smart businessman", his digital marketing company, What If Media Group, wrote in a Facebook post.
Detectives told ABC New York station WABC-TV that Szabo had just left a family wedding, possibly while intoxicated, and was walking around banging on cars until he then pounded on Jones' SUV.
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