Cincinnati Bengals' Adam Jones arrested on assault charge after bar fracas
Cornerback pleads not guilty
Brian Mains, WCPO Digital
1:47 PM, Jun 10, 2013
6:44 PM, Jun 11, 2013
CINCINNATI - Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor assault Tuesday following an incident at a downtown bar last week.
Jones' attorney entered a written plea at arraignment Tuesday afternoon. A pre-trial hearing was scheduled for Friday.
Jones attended afternoon practice as the Bengals opened their three-day mini-camp Tuesday at Paul Brown Stadium. Jones declined to answer questions.
Jones could be punished by the league for his latest arrest.
"The situation Adam Jones is in obviously is not something you want to get involved in," coach Marvin Lewis said. "It's unfortunate that he's in this situation. That's really about all I can add to it."
The alleged 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.
On Jones' own Twitter feed Monday, he tweeted, " Just got arrested for protecting myself, I will not let this break me or change what I have worked so hard for."
Just got arrested for protecting myself, I will not let this break me or change what I have work so hard for ....
A warrant for Jones' arrest was issued on Monday, and he turned himself in at the Cincinnati police station on Freedom Way at The Banks. Court documents show Jones was released from the Hamilton County Detention Center on his own recognizance Monday.
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."
On Monday afternoon Fox Sports 1360, Cincinnati's Fox Sports radio station, stated they obtained a security video of the incident at FB's. You can watch that video below, or at http://goo.gl/o1vqu. (Scroll forward to 1:00 mark to see the incident)
Cincinnati police confirmed they had a video of the incident as evidence, but said they could not release it since it was part of an ongoing investigation.
According to the video given to Fox Sports 1360, it was unclear how the series of events actually unfolded.
Jones has a history of getting into trouble with the law. Jones was involved in a fight that led to a shooting where one man was left paralyzed at a Las Vegas strip club in 2007. Jones was never charged in the incident, but he was suspended from play in the NFL. He was arrested in July 2011 for disorderly conduct while intoxicated and resisting arrest at Scene Ultra Lounge in Cincinnati.
Jones worked out a deal that included him pleading guilty to disorderly conduct and addressing the court with an apology in January 2012, according to 9 On Your Side reports at the time. The resisting arrest charge was dropped and Jones was sentenced to one year probation, 50 hours community service and a $250 fine. He was no longer allowed at the Scene Ultra Lounge on Walnut Street in that case.
According to NFL stats, Jones had one of his best season with the Bengals in 2012, having played in 16 games, the most he's played in a single season since his career began with the Tennessee Titans in 2005.