Adam “Pacman”Jones, the talented but troubled NFL player who found new life with the Cincinnati Bengals, tweeted Monday that he has been arrested “for protecting myself.”
Jones’s agent, Peter Schaffer, confirmed that Jones was arrested on one count of assault for hitting a woman outside a bar.
Jones, according to Schaffer, was outside a bar after the Reds-Colorado Rockies game Wednesday near the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati when two women asked to have their photo taken with Jones, who refused because he is married.
“The last thing he wants is a picture with two women showing up on Twitter or Facebook or some other form of social media,” Schaffer told the Cincinnati Enquirer.
A patron then threw a bottle at him and Jones turned and slapped one of the women.
“If this was anyone else they don’t charge him and they arrest the girl who threw the bottle, not the guy,” Schaffer said. “Given what Adam has been through with the legal process he has been incredibly positive and believes he will be vindicated.”
Jones, who joined the Bengals in the spring of 2010, has been involved in off-the-field incidents three times in Cincinnati. From the Enquirer:
Following a loss to Tampa Bay on Oct. 10, 2010, Jones was handcuffed and detained near Great American Ball Park after being involved in a traffic incident. Cincinnati Police later apologized, saying Jones had done nothing wrong and that it was a communication breakdown between officers.
On July 9, 2011, Jones was arrested for disorderly conduct while intoxicated and resisting arrest outside a Cincinnati nightclub. Six months later, he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and was placed on one year of probation, pay a $250 fine and court costs and do 50 hours of community service. The resisting arrest charge was dropped after Jones apologized to police.
Since entering the league as a first-round pick by Tennessee in 2005, Jones has had at least seven other arrests and a dozen instances that have involved police. He was suspended for the 2007 season by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for repeated violations of the personal conduct policy. He played one season in Dallas, sat out the 2009 season and signed with the Bengals in May of 2010.
Jones, though, is believed to have turned his life around, speaking to NFL rookies about how to avoid trouble.
“I’m at a point in my life where I’m not doing the same things that I used to,” he told the Enquirer during minicamp in 2012. “Now that I’m grown up you are accountable for certain things. Everything you do reflects on you and the consequences are yours.”
Just got arrestedfor protecting myself, I will not let this break me or change what I have work so hard for ….
— ADAm Pacman Jones (@REALPACMAN24) June 10, 2013