Adam Jones could still face discipline from NFL and June 1 may be big date for him
CINCINNATI (WKRC/AP) - Even though his recent legal troubles may be behind him now, Bengals cornerback Adam Jones could still face discipline from the NFL, according to the Associated Press.
Jones pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single misdemeanor charge from an altercation in early January following his arrest outside a downtown Cincinnati hotel.
It is the latest in a history of off-the-field legal issues for the 33-year-old Jones.
Municipal Court Judge Dwane Mallory dismissed misdemeanor counts of assault and disorderly conduct at the prosecutor's request after a plea agreement. He sentenced Jones to time already served — two days — on the obstructing official business count. Police said he kicked and used head-butting as he was arrested for allegedly assaulting a downtown hotel employee.
Jones has twice had lengthy suspensions from the NFL in his career and still faces potential NFL discipline for this incident.
"We have been monitoring developments in this matter, which continues to be reviewed under the personal conduct policy," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Associated Press via email. "We have no timetable on any potential discipline."
Jones apologized in court for his behavior and specifically to Cincinnati police Sgt. Jarrod Cotton. Police video showed Jones in the back of a police cruiser making profane comments and telling the officer: "I hope you die tomorrow." His attorneys said he has been receiving treatment, including for anger management.
"I truly apologize for what I did, my actions," Jones said. "I'm trying to get better every day."
He said he also wanted to apologize "to all the kids" for not setting a better example.
The judge cited Jones' apologies among a "multitude of factors" for his sentence.
"I don't take into account celebrity," the judge told The Associated Press. "I have 99 percent non-celebrities in my court."
The Hamilton County prosecutor earlier dismissed a felony count alleging Jones spit on a jail nurse.
Jones was suspended while a member of the Tennessee Titan by the NFL throughout the 2007 season, then was suspended again during the 2008 season as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. Jones pleaded an equivalent of no contest to a misdemeanor charge of conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct in a 2007 Las Vegas strip club melee. Jones was blamed for instigating violence that led to the shooting by someone else of two club employees, one left paralyzed from the waist down. He was ordered to pay more than $12.4 million in damages.
The Titans made the Atlanta native the sixth overall pick out of West Virginia University in the 2005 draft. His NFL career was in doubt by the time the Bengals signed him in 2010.
It is possible that the Bengals release him after June 1 to save a significant portion of his contract as it pertains to the salary cap. According to overthecap.com if the Bengals cut him prior to June 1 they would save a total $6.33 million against the 2017 salary cap while taking on $1.33 million in dead money. If he is cut after June 1 those numbers switch to $7 million saved against the cap and $666,666 in dead money,
Bengals president Mike Brown and head coach Marvin Lewis said a couple of months ago they plan to stand by Jones.