Pacman in trouble... again

BY foxsports • September 23, 2013

Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones has been arrested… again.

The Ohio State Patrol cited Jones for misdemeanor disorderly conduct in the wee hours of Monday morning on the East side of Cincinnati. According to WLWT-TV in Cincinnati, Jones was a passenger in a 2013 Dodge Durango when the vehicle was pulled over around 2:30 a.m. on State Route 125 near Beechmont Ave. Tishana Holmes, the driver, was arrested and charged with OVI. Lt. Anne Ralston of the OSP the vehicle was stopped for going 60 mph in a 45 mph zone. WLWT's report stated that Jones allegedly became verbally abusive, which led to his arrest. Jones was detained and released.

It’s a story that’s been repeated with Jones. And repeated. And repeated. And so on, and so on.

It’s tiresome.

Full disclosure from this author: I was pulled over Saturday night on southbound U.S. 27 heading back home from Oxford after covering UC’s 14-0 win against Miami. A sheriff’s deputy clocked me doing 66 mph in a 45 mph zone. I had not been drinking, but I was definitely speeding. There aren’t too many times when no one is in front of you on 27 so I took advantage of it. And I got caught. I took my citation and was more careful of my speed the rest of my trip.

I didn’t give the officer any lip, didn’t exacerbate the situation. I know what I did and will pay my fine.

We don’t know the whole story with Pacman. We never do. This is the fourth time he’s been arrested since 2010. He’s due in court on Oct. 7 to answer to an assault charge stemming from an incident outside a downtown bar this past June when he got into an altercation with a woman.

The Bengals beat Green Bay, 34-30, Sunday afternoon in a wild game that saw them take a 14-0 lead six minutes into the contest, then fall behind 30-14 before rallying for the victory. Jones was integral to the win. He played 80 of the 81 defensive snaps the Bengals faced. He was credited with four tackles but more importantly he helped the Bengals keep Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and a high-powered offense under control.

Coming to Cincinnati has resurrected Jones’ football career. He is coming off his best all-around season in 2012 and has done nothing on the field this season to make anyone believe he’s diminishing in skill.
Off the field, he can’t keep himself out of troublesome situations. His involvement with a shooting at a Las Vegas strip club in 2007 that left a bouncer paralyzed from the waist down resulted in a Clark County (Nev.) civil jury awarding the bouncer and his wife a settlement of more than $13 million against Jones.

The Bengals are aware of Monday’s situation but, per team policy, will not make any statements regarding it until the legal process works itself out.

Jones has been suspended by the NFL on two different occasions for violating the league’s personal conduct policy and could be headed for a third suspension depending on the outcome of his assault case and this incident. The Bengals have backed Jones throughout his time with the team, as shown with the three-year contract they signed him to in March. Jones is a passionate person. He plays football that way and, by accounts of those associated with him, he cares about his family, friends and teammates with similar passion.

He doesn’t know how to walk away and this has again landed him in a mess. How big of a mess remains to be determined. According to the television report and the Associated Press, Jones is due in court this Friday, Sept. 27, on this most recent matter.

One wonders if he’ll ever learn his lesson. Or, will we just be retelling this tiresome story again sometime way too soon?

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