*Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct in Ohio, reports ESPN.
Jones entered the plea in Hamilton County Municipal Court just as his non-jury trial was scheduled to begin. A second misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest was dismissed in a plea agreement with prosecutors.
Judge Brad Greenberg ordered Jones to serve a year of probation, complete 50 hours of community service and pay a $250 fine plus court costs. Jones could have received a maximum jail sentence of 30 days.
Jones, 28, was accused in court documents of being disorderly, shouting profanities and trying to pull away as officers arrested him at a downtown bar in July. At the time, he was on probation in Las Vegas in connection with a 2007 no contest plea to a strip club melee that left three people wounded. He was ordered in November to perform an additional 75 hours of community service for violating that probation with the Cincinnati arrest.
Jones apologized in court to police for his conduct and said he realized that he “could have handled it a whole lot better.” The judge told Jones that he did not know how “someone with your ability risks your career with this type of behavior.”
Assistant City Solicitor Karla Burtch said Jones repeatedly approached officers “aggressively.” Jones said he was just trying to protect his fiancée.
“This is unprofessional behavior,” Greenberg said. He told Jones that if he wanted to be regarded as a professional, “you need to act like one at all times.”
Jones will be a free agent after completing his second season with Cincinnati, which gave him a chance to continue his career.