Mike Brown Ready To Give Adam Jones Another Chance

epierce
Dec 18, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones (24) against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. The Steelers won 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 18, 2016; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones (24) against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. The Steelers won 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
facebooktwitterreddit

After Bengals cornerback Adam Jones was arrested, it was a waiting game to find out what the team would do. Owner Mike Brown is showing compassion.

After weeks of speculation and tons of opinionated chatter by fans, the Bengals’ stance on Adam Jones is clear. Owner Mike Brown is willing to let the troubled Jones have another chance. Per Bengals.com, Brown made it clear that he doesn’t condone the foolish behavior that was exhibited. But, he does feel that Jones is worth reaching out to. The Bengals’ owner was quick to point out that he himself has flaws. That’s enough to warrant compassion.

"“I don’t know that I have been perfect in my lifetime, either. I probably did some things I wish I hadn’t. Most people would probably have to admit to that. He didn’t hurt anybody physically. He just hurt himself by how he comported himself. In some ways, that’s punishment enough right there. You have to live with that.”"

Jones was arrested on the morning of January 3, outside of the Millennium Hotel in downtown Cincinnati. Later, he was charged with disorderly conduct, assault and harassment with a bodily substance. Since then, the felony charge for allegedly spitting on a nurse has been dropped. A civil suit is still pending from the woman who claimed he spit on her.

Though Jones has had a history of run-ins with law enforcement during his career, Brown’s willingness to have faith in him is something that most Bengals fans won’t understand. Jones played a part in the Meltdown at Paul Brown. His failure to control his temper is looked upon as a huge reason the Bengals lost their bid for a win in the 2015 Wild Card game.

Brown Treats Bengals Like Family

In a multi-billion dollar sports industry that treats players like machines and stats, it lends a feeling of humanity to Jones’ plight. No, the situation that occurred wasn’t something that should be swept under the rug. But, it does help to have someone in your corner. In this instance, that someone happens to be the owner of the team.  

"“I see Adam Jones through my own eyes. I see different facets of his personality. I see him as a person who is energetic, lively, positive for the most part, exceptionally so,” Brown continued. “I know a little bit about his family that weighs in my mind.”"

Next: It's Their Time

Brown went on to say that Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters’ handling of the case is part of his thought process. He understands that Jones was out of control and has apologized for his actions. With that in mind, the case is ‘playing out.’ Whatever the NFL decides to do will be what the Bengals will abide by. Brown also mentioned that his tolerance level of Jones’ conduct may seem too soft but he stands by it.

facebooktwitterreddit