What Adam Jones’ Arrest Means For The Bengals

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Dec 24, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones (24) reacts after a call during the third quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 24, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones (24) reacts after a call during the third quarter against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports /
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What Adam Jones' Arrest Means For The Bengals
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Possible Legal Outcomes

Jones could be found innocent, in which case most of this would simply blow over. But if he were found guilty, the case could go a lot of different ways.

Historically, jail time has been a rarity for NFL players. But if Adam is found guilty of spitting on his nurse while in jail, he could face a lot of consequences, including probation and community service. Jones came into the league on probation when he was drafted by the Titans.

Many players in this situation would be looking closely at a plea deal of some kind. Considering his steadfast proclamations of innocence to this point, depending on the evidence against him, an Alford plea wouldn’t be out of the question. Jones would be able to maintain his innocence while effectively pleading no contest on account of evidence against him.

Regardless, barring lengthy and unexpected jail time, these legal repercussions won’t be what end up hurting the Bengals. It would be the NFL itself.

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