Bengals defensive back Adam Jones faces a felony and three misdemeanors after an altercation in downtown Cincinnati late Monday night. According to Hamilton County Jail inmate records, he was booked on the misdemeanors – obstruction of official business, disorderly conduct and assault – at 12:25 a.m. local time Tuesday morning. The Enquirer’s Paul Dehner Jr. reports that he was later charged with felony harassment with a bodily substance.
According to a criminal complaint obtained by WBRC-TV, the 33-year-old Jones is accused of assaulting a man by “pushing and poking” him in the eye. He then refused to stop attacking the man when ordered to by police and began to kick and head-butt as he refused to enter a police car. Jones then spat on a nurse on the jail’s medical staff once he was taken into custody, drawing the felony.
Jones appeared in court on Tuesday morning, with a judge setting bond.
Jones, who wrapped up his 10th NFL season on Sunday against the Ravens, has had numerous run-ins with the law during his career, mostly toward the beginning of it. In 2007, he accepted a plea deal in Las Vegas for his role in a strip-club shooting that left a bouncer paralyzed from the waist down, drawing a one-year NFL suspension. In 2011, he was charged with disorderly conduct following an incident at a Cincinnati bar, pleading guilty and earning probation, a suspended jail sentence and 50 hours of community service. Then, in 2013, he was charged with assault after another incident outside a downtown Cincinnati bar, but was found not guilty.
Last year, Jones was escorted out of a casino in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, for arguing with another man and being loud and disruptive. He claimed he was asked to leave because he was using chewing tobacco, and was not charged with a crime.
“The best way to describe is if you’re stuck in the hole and you don’t have no one but God,” Jones said last year about his life before joining the Bengals. “And everyone has turned their back on you, and you look up and it’s light up at the tunnel, but where you’re standing at it’s dark, dark as hell. You gotta be strong, man, to come out of those kind of situations and trust in yourself and believe in God and do all the right things to try to get back.”
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