Bengals player 'Pacman' Jones arrested in Cincinnati

(Cincinnati Enquirer) -- An attorney for Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones told a judge Tuesday he “vehemently denies” an assault charge that led to his arrest earlier at a Downtown hotel.

There are witnesses Jones intends to call in his own defense, public defender Lauren Staley told Hamilton County Municipal Judge Richard Bernat. Jones also intends to hire his own attorney now that he faces multiple charges that stemmed from the incident.

Prosecutors say Jones was at the Millennium Hotel early Tuesday morning and was “beating on different hotel room doors.” Hotel security came to investigate, and prosecutors say Jones pushed and poked a hotel security employee in the eye.

Police were then called.While being arrested, court documents say Jones was “head-butting” and “kicking” at officers, trying to avoid being placed in a police vehicle.

Later, at the Hamilton County jail, prosecutors said Jones spit on a jail nurse. Court documents also say Jones spit on a jail deputy.

He faces a felony charge of harassment with a bodily substance. He is also charged with assault, disorderly conduct and obstructing police.

Bernat set bonds totaling $37,500.

The cornerback signed a three-year contract prior to this past season which just ended on Sunday against Baltimore. Jones stayed mostly out of trouble of late after a rash of incidents early in his 10-year NFL career.

According to the USA Today NFL arrest database, Jones has been arrested for the following incidents:

  • July, 2005:  Assault and felony vandalism stemming from a nightclub altercation in Nashville, Tenn. Charges were dropped.
  • February, 2006: Possession of marijuana, felony count of obstruction and two misdemeanors of obstructing police in Fayetteville, Ga. Jones pleaded no contest to obstructing police and received three years of probation and a $500 fine.
  • August, 2006:  Disorderly conduct and public intoxication in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Charges were dropped on the condition he stayed out trouble for six months.
  • October, 2006: Misdemeanor assault in Nashville, Tenn. Charge dropped because of inconsistent testimony.
  • July, 2011: Disorderly conduct and resisting arrest in Cincinnati. He pled guilty to the disorderly charge and placed on probation, but resisting arrest was dismissed.
  • June, 2013: Assault in Cincinnati. He was found not guilty.

Jones has been charged, but was not arrested, in other incidents.

In June, 2007: Jones is charged with felony coercion for his alleged role in a Feb., 2007 strip club shooting in Las Vegas. In December, 2007, Jones pleaded no contest to a reduced misdemeanor charge of conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct for his role. His sentence of one year probation and community service is stayed until after his testimony.

Those charges led to a civil lawsuit against Jones, and in January, 2015 the Nevada Supreme Court upheld a $12 million judgment against him for his role in injuries caused in the shooting.

In 2013 Jones was charged with disorderly conduct by the Ohio State Highway Patrol and paid out a ticket.

As a guest on Beyond The Stripes on Dec. 20, Jones was asked if it is difficult to turn off the game day persona when out in every day life:

“Well it’s difficult if you don’t know how to handle it. I took me awhile to understand you gotta turn the switch off at a certain point. I used the expression sometimes, like I used to be ‘Pacman Jones’ at the stadium, at home; then you learn like hey, you can only be ‘Pacman Jones’ on Sunday. When you go home you gotta be Adam Jones. When you got into the community you gotta be Adam Jones. To your kids you gotta be daddy and Adam Jones. So it took me a little while to understand the balance and to learn how to turn the switch on and off. I just thank God that I’ve been able to last to have the chance to still learn to turn it on and off. Some guys don’t have the chance and it will be a little too late before they figure out. And I thank God every day for the blessings that I’ve had.


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