Bengals' Adam Jones trial on assault charge continues

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones waived his right to a jury trial on Monday when he appeared before Judge Robert Taylor to face an assault charge. Police say he hit a woman at a nightclub.

Jones has pleaded not guilty and was released on his own recognizance after his arrest in June.

Jones is accused of hitting a 34-year-old woman at a downtown Cincinnati nightclub.

The incident occurred on Wednesday, June 5 at FB's on Sixth Street , according to an arrest report released by the Cincinnati Police Department. Jones "knowingly attempted to cause physical harm" to a woman, court documents show.

The prosecution questioned several of the women who were at FB's during the incident. Jones watched on during the testimony.

On June 10, Jones tweeted, "Just got arrested for protecting myself, I will not let this break me or change what I have worked so hard for."

Jones told ESPN 1530 he was approached by two women who had been drinking and wanted to take a picture with him. One was Shannon Wesley, who filed the charge.

"She said something," Jones told the radio station. "I forget what she said verbatim and before I knew it I was struck with a bottle and I was just trying to -- just trying to make sure that I was alright. The only thing I was doing defending myself -- not trying to hurt anybody. I didn't draw back and swing and hit her with my right hand. It was just a quick reaction."

The arrest report says Jones struck the victim in the head with a closed fist after a verbal altercation, but Jones denied any wrongdoing.

"My point coming on was to let people know I'm not out acting a fool," Jones said. "I'm not out drinking. All I was doing was protecting myself. I wouldn't like to harm no one period. I have two beautiful little girls and a wife at home. Most of my family are all women. I don't even have a dad. So, that's not Adam."

Jones could be punished by the National Football League under its conduct policy.

Jones has had previous legal troubles. Those troubles include pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct in another case. He had been accused of shouting profanities and trying to pull away as police arrested him at a Cincinnati bar in 2011.

The trial is scheduled to resume at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

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