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UPDATE: Julio Jones tries to clear some things up about lost diamond earring

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UPDATE: FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Bad news: Julio Jones still hasn't found his diamond earring. Good news: it was insured.

Jones lost a diamond earring worth about $150,000 while jet skiing at Lake Lanier, as 11Alive first reported earlier this week. 11Alive was there when a dive team searched in the dark depths of the man-made lake, but were unsuccessful. Jones even pulled up on his jet ski while the team was searching.

 A jeweler and friend of Julio Jones paid the dive team $500 to have them try to find it.

But on Saturday, following the Atlanta Falcons' third day of camp, Jones had a few things he wanted to clear up about the incident.

"I didn’t hire anyone, like a dive team. I didn’t do that," Jones said. "It was insured."

That's a relief. 

Jones also said it didn't fall out when hitting a wave or crashing.

"I jumped off the jet ski. That’s cleared up," he said.

Head coach Dan Quinn said he and the team had a little fun with Jones about the incident when the team reported to camp on Wednesday. However, Jones said none of that happened.

Jones isn't really interested in talking about the lost treasure, and he probably won't have to anymore unless it miraculously turns up.

Julio may be embarrassed, but if this is the worst headline that comes out about the guy NFL players voted as the best receiver in the league, he's doing pretty good. Some of the other top receivers can't say the same.

Jones has been limited in camp this week after having surgery on his foot in the offseason.


PREVIOUS STORY: By Associated Press

GAINESVILLE, Ga. (AP) - An NFL star's diamond earring valued at more than $100,000 is now presumed lost on the murky bottom of a Georgia lake.

WXIA-TV reported Tuesday that Atlanta Falcons star wide receiver Julio Jones lost it when he hit a boat wake and took a spill while jet skiing in Lake Lanier, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) outside Atlanta.

He resurfaced but his pricey earring didn't.

SCUBA divers have been searching the lake bottom, hoping to capture a flashlight's reflection off the jewelry amid old trees that have been submerged since the man-made lake's creation in the 1950s.

So far, no luck.

Falcons training camp begins Thursday and goes through Aug. 4. The first preseason game is Aug. 26 against the Arizona Cardinals, the grand opening of Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

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