PD: Bengals cornerback Adam 'Pacman' Jones head-butted officer, spit on woman

Jones denies all charges in court
Posted at 6:39 AM, Jan 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-03 10:30:47-05

Adam Jones denied all charges in court Tuesday morning, saying he has witnesses that will help him debunk charges of assault, disorderly conduct and obstructing official business after he was arrested around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The 33-year-old Bengals cornerback -- once nicknamed "Pacman" -- stands charged with assault for “pushing and poking (a security guard) in the eye," according to court documents. The incident happened near the Millennium Hotel on West Fifth Street.



The documents also say Jones refused to enter the police cruiser by pulling away, kicking and head-butting as he was being arrested.

While Jones was being processed into the Hamilton County Justice Center, documents say he spat on a nurse’s hand, resulting in the final count of harassment with a bodily substance. He appeared in court at 9 a.m. Tuesday, where a judge set his bond at $37,500.

This arrest comes after a few years without legal trouble; at one point, Jones had one of the longest rap sheets in the league.

The Atlanta native has racked up other assault and disorderly conduct charges dating back to his college days in West Virginia. Most of his arrests stemmed from nightclub altercations.

In Aug. 2006, Jones was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct when he spit on a woman's face in a Tennessee nightclub (similar to Tuesday's arrest in Cincinnati). Police said Jones also spit on a woman's face in Oct. 2016 in a Nashville nightclub.

Jones' most noteworthy incident resulted in a $11 million payout and a year's suspension from the NFL. In 2007, Jones was "making it rain" in a Las Vegas strip club with rapper Nelly, but later became angry with the dancers, police said. He was kicked out of the club. Later in the evening, a gunman returned and opened fire in the club. He was recognized as a member of Jones' crew, police said.

Jones was arrested in Cincinnati in 2011 after a night out, in 2012 while traveling on State Route 125 and in 2013 after a Reds game. He was escorted out of Hollywood Casino in 2015, but he was never charged with any crime related to an alleged fight that took place.

Jones' most recent trouble was on-field, however -- he was fined almost $29,000 after the 2016 Bengals-Steelers Wildcard playoff game for an altercation with Steelers linebackers coach Joey Porter. His fine was reduced to $12,500; Porter was also fined $10,000 for the scuffle.

Jones signed with the Bengals in May, 2010. He was first drafted by the Tennessee Titans in 2005, the traded to the Dallas Cowboys in 2008, who cut him in 2009. He played in the Canadian Football League before he was invited to work out with the Bengals.

Jones re-signed with the Bengals as an unrestricted free agent in March 2016.

The Bengals player has also left a philanthropic mark on Cincinnati: In the last two seasons, Jones bought new Under Armour cleats, socks and equipment for a local youth team and bought 100 bikes for students at Rockdale Elementary.