Adam "Pacman" Jones is once again in trouble with the law.
The Cincinnati Bengals defensive back announced through his Twitter account that he had been arrested, although he clearly disagreed with the charge:
Just got arrested for protecting myself, I will not let this break me or change what I have work so hard for ....— ADAm Pacman Jones (@REALPACMAN24) June 10, 2013
Carrie Blackmore Smith and Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer later confirmed the arrest and provided more details:
Cincinnati City Prosecutor Charlie Rubenstein has confirmed that Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was arrested on one count of assault for punching a female patron outside of a Downtown bar.
Rubenstein could not confirm when the incident occurred...
... As of 1:30 p.m. Jones had not yet been processed through the Hamilton County jail, said Hamilton County Sheriff's spokesman Jim Knapp.
ESPN's Adam Schefter was able to provide more details of the story through Jones' agent, Peter Schaffer:
Bengals CB Adam Jones arrested in what his agent Peter Schaffer calls "a travesty of justice." Schaffer said police haven't spoken to Jones.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 10, 2013
Schaffer said 2 intoxicated women approached Jones at Reds game, took picture with him, threw bottle of beer at him, then Jones slapped one.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 10, 2013
Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones has pleaded not guilty to an assault charge after Monday's arrest for an incident near Great American Ball Park last Wednesday.
Jones is accused of striking a woman with an open palm after she threw a drink on him. The complaint to the Hamilton County Municipal Court states that Jones "did knowingly attempt to cause physical harm." It's a misdemeanor charge.
Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio further explains the incident:
His agent, Peter Schaffer, tells PFT by phone that Jones was at a bar after a Reds game. Jones was approached by two women that he deemed to be intoxicated, and they wanted to take a picture with him. Jones declined.
After he declined, one of them threw a beer bottle at him, striking his head from point blank range. So he turned and slapped her and said, "What are you doing? Stop it!"
Schaffer says that he has spoken to multiple eyewitnesses who corroborate Jones’ version of the events. Schaffer also says that the police have spoken to none of the witnesses, other than the two women.
"If it was anybody other than Adam Jones, they would have investigated it," Schaffer said of the police. "If it was anybody other than Adam Jones, they wouldn’t have arrested him."
Surveillance footage of the incident has become available, via ESPN 1530 of Cincinnati, which you can view below.
While the account might be up for dispute, Jones' history is something that cannot be ignored. The former first-round draft pick has been arrested numerous times and charged for crimes ranging from disorderly conduct to a felony stemming from a nightclub shooting. He has repeatedly violated the NFL's personal conduct policy, and was suspended for the entire 2007 season.
It appeared that Jones was back on track, as he finished his third season with the Bengals in 2012, playing in all 16 games for the first time in his career. He totaled 40 tackles and nine passes defended, and added 301 return yards with a touchdown as a punt-returner.
This allowed Jones to be rewarded with a three-year contract that he signed this offseason, which he reported himself:
Happy to say this morning that i agreed to a three year deal with the Bengals Stand up WHODEY!!!!!— ADAm Pacman Jones (@REALPACMAN24) March 21, 2013
Unfortunately, this latest setback might hurt his rehabilitated reputation with both the team and the league. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has shown throughout the years that he is more than willing to give out suspensions to anyone who violates the personal conduct policy.
Hopefully for Jones and the Bengals, this incident does not lead to more time away from the field. With Pacman being a repeat offender, though, he could very well be headed for a stint on the sidelines.
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