*After Cincinnati lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, things got worse for its trouble-prone defensive back Adam “Pacman” Jones — although this time, it turns out he is completely innocent.
The NFL star was mistakenly arrested near the team’s stadium after getting into a minor accident after the game. According to a police report, Jones was driving his silver Jaguar near Great American Ball Park when he “swerved to avoid striking another vehicle and ran on to the sidewalk.”
Jones’ car caused a pedestrian to fall down, but the victim was not injured, according to police. Jones’ agent, Thomas Hunter, said his client stayed at the scene “due to the possibility of a pedestrian injury.”
Police arrived and ran a routine check on Jones. That’s when a dispatcher indicated there was “some type of open [felony] warrant” for his arrent.
Before confirming they had the correct Jones, police allegedly handcuffed the Bengals cornerback, who has a long history of run-ins with the law.
Despite Jones telling officers that they were making a mistake, the police reportedly kept him in handcuffs for 45 minutes and put him in the police car.
Police said it was noisy when they were speaking to the dispatcher and “did not hear the dispatcher correct herself and state that the outstanding warrant was for another person.”
Cops say they released Jones two blocks away from the scene to “avoid onlookers and embarrassment.” Authorities have since issued an apology to the athlete.
“It was a stupid thing that deprived him of his liberty and embarrassed him and humiliated him in front of everybody,” Hunter told ProFootballTalk. “Everybody saw him being arrested.”