Adam Jones goes on angry tirade in first Bengals locker room interview of offseason
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Troubled Bengals cornerback Adam Jones had his first chance on Monday to tell Bengals fans he was sorry for his actions following his arrest back in January, but he chose instead to get angry at a reporter who asked if he had anything to say to them.
Jones, who was arrested back in early January following an incident at a downtown Cincinnati hotel, met with reporters on Monday in the Bengals locker room as players were made available briefly following workouts.
He made it clear he appreciated the support the team has given him and that he wasn't going to talk about his pending legal troubles.
He touched briefly on his offseason conditioning and taking care of his body even more now that he's approaching 34 years old, and then was asked if he had anything to say to the fans, many of whom openly expressed their disappointment in how he acted on a police video in which he is seen cursing at the officer transporting him to jail, and at one point telling him, "I hope you die tomorrow."
Jones was asked specifically, “I know you said you were thankful for the organization, is there anything you have to show to fans, have to prove to the fans for them to welcome you back since there were a lot of people upset with the way things went down in the offseason for you?"
Jones responded with an angry tirade, saying: "Didn't I just tell you don't ask me that? Turn around, go back. See you. Next question. See you all later."
Jones proceeded to curse at the reporter several times.
A Local 12 camera caught the beginning of Jones’ response to the reporter, but was not rolling when Jones used profanity.
A felony charge against him for spitting at a nurse was dismissed on March 22, but he is still facing misdemeanor charges stemming from the arrest.
A few weeks after his arrest Jones received treatment for alcohol and anger issues. That's something Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said he took into consideration when he dropped the felony charge. He says his office has a letter from Jones treating physician which indicated he's doing well.
There's still the possibility that the NFL suspends him for some period of time.
Bengals president Mike Brown and head coach Marvin Lewis recently pledged their support for Jones.
"It’s a bigger picture than one incident," Brown said in late March, according to Bengals.com. "And I get to be the one that sits in the chair to decide that. So I have chosen to decide it the way I am deciding it. I’m going to give him a chance. I hope it comes out right for him, for his family and for us. I know there are critics. I understand. But that is a full answer."
Lewis was seen in a cubicle next to Jones talking to him shortly after his outburst on Monday, but it's not known what the two were discussing.
Earlier in the interview on Monday, Jones said he was happy to still be with the Bengals and that the key members of organization are supporting him.
"Words can't express my gratitude or my feelings for the organization and Mr. Brown and Coach Lewis and my teammates and the city of Cincinnati," said Jones. "This is home for me so I'm very eager to be here and I don't take it for granted. I love playing football. I love helping the guys out and working together for one common goal, which is winning. I'm more than happy to be here."
The Bengals declined to comment on the incident.