Adam 'Pacman' Jones Arrested on Disorderly Conduct Charge

Tyler ConwayFeatured ColumnistSeptember 23, 2013

Adam "Pacman" Jones has found himself on the wrong side of the law yet again, as the Cincinnati Bengals cornerback was arrested early Monday morning on disorderly conduct charges.

Ohio state patrol authorities pulled over a vehicle Jones was traveling in at around 2:30 a.m. on Cincinnati's State Route 125, according to a WCPO report. 

Tishana Holmes, who was driving the vehicle at the time, was pulled over on a routine speeding violation for going 60 mph in a 45-mph zone, but authorities later arrested her on suspicion of driving under the influence after she refused a breathalyzer. Residents in the State of Ohio are given the right to refusal in DUI/DWI cases. 

Jones, a passenger, was subsequently arrested on a disorderly conduct charge. The reason for Jones' arrest is unknown at this time. A picture was released on Jones' Instagram account late Sunday evening that indicated he was celebrating his 30th birthday (he turns 30 on Sept. 30) just hours before his arrest. 

Jones' relationship with Holmes is also unknown, though her driver's license had an Atlanta home address—the Bengals cornerback's hometown. Both parties were released without bond and are expected to appear in court this coming Friday.

This is Jones' second arrest in the past three months. The 29-year-old former first-round pick was arrested in June and charged with assault after allegedly punching a woman outside a Cincinnati bar. Jones pleaded not guilty a day after his arrest and is still awaiting trial. He is free on his own recognizance on those charges as well. 

Since signing with the Bengals in 2010, this is Jones' third known arrest. He was arrested for disorderly conduct while intoxicated and resisting arrest on July 9, 2011, after an incident outside another nightclub. He pleaded guilty to the disorderly conduct charge in exchange for having the resisting-arrest charge dropped and was given a $250 fine and 50 hours of community service.

Police also handcuffed Jones after a traffic situation at Great American Ball Park in October 2010, though no charges were filed. Police attributed the brief arrest to a misunderstanding. 

Of course, Jones' off-field trouble stretches back to his days with the Tennessee Titans. Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Jones for the 2007 season and part of 2008 after being either arrested or interviewed by police at least 10 times

Coley Harvey of ESPN got in touch with Bengals personnel, who confirmed the team is aware of the matter but declined to comment.

"As with most situations of this nature, it would be inappropriate for the team to comment until the matter is resolved through normal legal channels," a team spokesperson said.

The commissioner's office has also yet to comment on the charges. Under the league's collective bargaining agreement, Goodell is not allowed to suspend players in ongoing legal proceedings until they are adjudicated. 

With the Bengals also allowing the legal proceedings to play out, it is likely that Jones' standing with the team will remain unaffected for the time being. Jones is currently listed as the third cornerback on Cincinnati's depth chart, behind Leon Hall on the right side. He has made 12 tackles through the first three weeks of the season.  

Before the incident made national news, Jones, who is battling through injuries, drew praise from Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis for his play in Cincinnati's 34-30 win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, per Harvey's article.

"He was sore last week with the abdomen, but he knew it was a big football game, a big opportunity for him and our football team and he had to play big. He did a good job," Lewis said.

Defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer added, "That may be his best game he's played since he's been here. He's played some good games, but that may have been his best one."

The Bengals, who are currently tied for the AFC North lead at 2-1, travel across the state to play the division-rival Cleveland Browns in Week 4. Unfortunately, this is not the kind of news they hoped to hear heading into an important matchup.


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