*As previously reported by EURweb, Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones is back in court after being charged with assault for reportedly striking a 34-year-old woman in the face. The incident occurred outside of a Cincinnati nightclub, reports say.
This is one of many court appearances throughout Jones’ turbulent professional career. The troubled athlete pleaded not guilty during his Tuesday hearing.
Jones also attended the start of the Bengals’ training camp Tuesday and performed drills with the team in the afternoon, but declined to comment.
“The situation Adam Jones is in obviously is not something you want to get involved in,” coach Marvin Lewis said. “It’s unfortunate that he’s in this situation. That’s really about all I can add to it.”
Surveillance video of altercation, obtained by a local radio station and verified as authentic by Cincinnati police, appears to show Jones approaching two seated women outside the club.
Then, a third woman approaches Jones and appears to confront him. The grainy video shows the woman reach toward Jones’ face but it’s unclear what she does or whether she’s holding anything in her hand.
Jones then appears to hit the woman, who falls to the ground, but quickly rises to her feet, and follows Jones off-camera as another man with him ushers him away.
Jones could be penalized by the National Football League under its conduct policy. Spokesman Greg Aiello said the league would review the latest arrest when appropriate.
Jones’ extensive track record of criminality and violence is well documented.
The cornerback was Tennessee’s sixth overall pick in 2005, but his repeated off-field issues resulted in a myriad of suspensions.
Jones’ ill-advised behavior stifled his otherwise promising career in the years that followed, until he was practically exiled from the league in 2009.
The Bengals graciously provided Jones with a roster spot for the 2010-2011 season. He has seized the opportunity, developing into their third cornerback and punt returner.
In July 2011, he was accused of being disorderly, shouting profanities and trying to pull away as officers arrested him at a bar in downtown Cincinnati.
As part of an agreement to settle that case, he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct in Hamilton County Municipal Court and was sentenced to one year of probation and 50 hours of community service.
Last year, he was ordered to pay $11 million in damages to two Las Vegas strip club employees injured in 2007. According to published sources, a gunman claims that Jones instructed him to open fire outside of the club, after he and his entourage were kicked out. A club manager was paralyzed from the waist down and a bouncer was wounded.
Jones insisted that he played no role in the shooting and pleaded an equivalent of no contest to misdemeanor conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct. The gunman, Arvin Kenti Edwards, is serving four to 10 years in prison.
Prior to his current legal woes, Jones appeared to be turning over a new leaf. Last season, instead of being a distraction, Jones blended into one of the league’s top defenses. Cincinnati finished sixth last season in yards allowed. He’s also become close to some of the other defensive players.
“I didn’t know much about him before, but he’s been one of my best friends since a little while after he got here,” cornerback Leon Hall said. “We kind of meshed. We live not too far from each other. We don’t have the same personality, but we’ve clicked pretty well. He’s been a pleasure for me ever since he came out here.”