Former Titan Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones arrested in Ohio

Adam Jones (Courtesy: Hamilton County jail)
Adam Jones (Courtesy: Hamilton County jail)

CINCINNATI, Ohio (WKRN) – Former Titans cornerback Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones was arrested by Cincinnati police Tuesday morning in Ohio and is now in jail.

Jones, who plays for the Cincinnati Bengals, is charged with misdemeanor assault, disorderly conduct and obstructing official business, according to jail records.

(The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)
(The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)

A Cincinnati police affidavit states that Jones pushed and poked a man in the eye and refused to enter a police cruiser by pulling away, kicking and head-butting an officer as he was being arrested.

He is also charged with harassment with a bodily substance for spitting on a nurse at the Hamilton County Justice Center.

The spitting, following his arrest on misdemeanor charges of assault, disorderly conduct and obstructing official business, resulted in a felony count of harassment with a bodily substance, authorities said.

A prosecutor said the altercation began when Jones started pounding on doors at the Millennium Hotel, near the Bengals’ stadium in downtown Cincinnati. He then pushed and poked a security guard, authorities said.

Public defender Lauren Staley said he “vehemently denies” that he assaulted anyone and will hire an attorney to contest the charges.

She said Jones, who stood next to her in court nodding in agreement, has witnesses for his defense and had waited for police to arrive to explain what happened.

“They essentially didn’t hear his side of the story before placing him under arrest,” Staley said.

Bengals spokesman Jack Brennan said the club is aware of the incident but by policy doesn’t comment on unresolved legal matters.

Jones will be subject to potential NFL discipline after the case is resolved. Jones’ agent didn’t respond immediately to a request for comment.

Jones, who played in Sunday’s season-ending home victory over Baltimore, has had legal issues since making his NFL debut with Tennessee in 2005 after playing for West Virginia University.

Jones was drafted by the Titans in 2005 and had numerous off the field issues while with the team.

In 2006, Jones was arrested for spitting on a woman at a Murfreesboro nightclub.

In 2007, before he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys, he was accused of starting a brawl at a Las Vegas strip club by throwing money at dancers. Two people were shot during the brawl, and though Jones was not the gunman, the victims successfully sued him for $12.5 for his alleged role.

Former Titans general manager Floyd Reese once wrote that Jones was, “nothing but a disaster off the field.”

He appeared in court Tuesday morning and remains in jail after a judge ordered him to submit to a blood test to be done on Wednesday morning.

*The Associated Press contributed to this report.