Bengals starting corner Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstructing official business. Here’s what it means for Cincinnati.
Adam Jones pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstructing official business as part of a plea deal offered by Hamilton County prosecutors on Tuesday.
Hamilton Co. Municipal Court Judge Dwane Mallory dismissed two other misdemeanor counts of assault and disorderly conduct as part of the deal. Jones will not serve any additional jail time for the offense. He already served two days in jail for the original counts, according to reports by ESPN via the Associated Press.
After the verdict was reached, Jones apologized for his actions stemming from his arrest on Tuesday, January 3.
"“I’d like to apologize for my actions that night, to the police officer,” Jones said. “That is not an example of me. I don’t want my kids to see me. So I truly apologize for what I did, my actions. I’m trying to get better everyday with the necessary treatments that I’m taking. But like I said (inaudible) the video is truly not a representation of me.”"
Jones was originally arrested for pushing a security guard and poking him in the eye. He refused to comply with officers. Jones was also accused of spitting on a nurse while being held at the Hamilton Co. jail.
There is no official word on if Jones will face a league suspension for the incident, but league insider Ian Rapoport believes that to be the case.
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It’s clear that the often-troubled cornerback is trying to move on from the incident. But, missing time on the field due to suspension will be devastating to a Bengals team that is trying to rebound from a 6-9-1 campaign in 2016.
To be frank, it’s tough to predict what NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will decide to do. Odds are since Jones has been suspended multiple times during his career — Roger Goodell won’t take this lightly.
Jones taking anger management classes may help his case against a lengthy suspension, but that’s no guarantee. Ultimately, only time will tell what Goodell will spell out for the former No. 6 overall pick from West Virginia.
Jones, 33, is coming off one of his worst statistical seasons to date in 2016, recording just one interception despite starting all 16 games for the Bengals.
Jones is slated to make $6.3 million this year in base salary for Cincinnati, according to SpoTrac.