Adam 'Pacman' Jones Fined for Slamming Amari Cooper's Head onto Helmet

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistSeptember 16, 2015

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 29: Adam Jones #24 of the Cincinnati Bengals looks on against the Chicago Bears during a preseason game at Paul Brown Stadium on August 29, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones has been fined for slamming Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper's head onto his helmet in Sunday's 33-13 win.

Jones spoke to reporters about the incident Wednesday morning and announced he'll appeal, as relayed by Jeremy Rauch of Cincinnati's Fox19:

Jeremy Rauch @FOX19Jeremy

Adam Jones: "Go ahead. Ask me! Yeah, I got fined. 35K. Way too much for a football play. I'll appeal." #Bengals @FOX19

Jeremy Rauch @FOX19Jeremy

Adam Jones: on the fine "The story is magnified because it's me." #Bengals @FOX19

Jeremy Rauch @FOX19Jeremy

Adam Jones: "I can't promise it won't happen again. I'm an emotional player." #Bengals @FOX19

The corner also posted a video on Instagram discussing the fine:

Jones, 31, ripped Cooper's helmet off and then drove his head back into the helmet on a second-quarter play that involved multiple personal-foul calls. It was widely expected that the NFL would impose discipline after reviewing the incident. ESPN.com's Adam Schefter reported Monday to expect a fine rather than a suspension.

"Whatever you saw happen, that's what happened," Jones said, per ESPN.com's Coley Harvey. "I'm just here to play football. I don't back down from anybody and I'm not out here trying to start anything. I'm just out here playing football."

Cooper, a first-round pick out of Alabama, avoided publicly criticizing Jones.

"I mean, it's football," Cooper said, per Harvey. "It's a physical game so you kind of expect it."

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While he is known for his pattern of off-field trouble, Jones has largely eschewed penalties from the league office for on-field conduct. It's likely the NFL considered Jones' relatively clean sheet when deciding between a suspension and a fine.

News of a fine instead of a suspension is a boost to Cincinnati as a team, which has become increasingly reliant on Jones in special teams and in the secondary. He made 10 tackles and forced one fumble in the Week 1 win, also adding two punt returns for 23 yards. Last season, Jones made his first All-Pro team as a return man, culminating in one of the league's more interesting redemption stories.

Now, it's up to him to stay out of trouble on the field going forward.


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