On the same day that former Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson was sentenced to 30 days in jail after slapping his lawyer's butt during a court appearance, current Bengals cornerback Adam Jones will be placed under arrest following an incident at a Cincinnati bar.
According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, once Jones turns himself in, which he is expected to do on Monday, he will be charged with one count of assault.
Jones' agent, Peter Schaffer, tells Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk.com that Jones was at a bar following last Thursday night's Cincinnati Reds game when two females approached the cornerback and asked to have their picture taken with him. Jones deemed the two women to be intoxicated and declined to pose for a photo. One of the women threw a beer bottle at Jones, striking him in the head. Jones reacted by slapping the woman.
ESPN Cincinnati posted video of the incident from a security camera.
Jones claimed on Twitter that he will be arrested for defending himself. Schaffer adds that multiple witnesses have corroborated Jones' version of events, but police have not properly investigated the incident and it's his client's reputation that has triggered the arrest.
“If it was anybody other than Adam Jones, they would have investigated it,” Schaffer told Florio. “If it was anybody other than Adam Jones, they wouldn’t have arrested him."
Jones was a first-round pick (No. 6 overall) by the Tennessee Titans in 2005 and established himself as one of the more electrifying return men in the game. Jones had punt returns for touchdowns over his first two seasons of a career that would be derailed by off-field incidents, most notably a shooting at a Las Vegas strip club on Feb. 9, 2007 that left two security guards injured and prompted the NFL to suspend Jones for the entire 2007 season. Last June, Jones was ruled to be financially responsible for those injuries and was ordered to pay $11.6 million to the victims.
Jones joined the Bengals in 2010 and has started 13 of 29 games with 82 tackles, one sack and one interception. Jones has two previous off-field incidents in Cincinnati, including a 2011 arrest for disorderly conduct while intoxicated and resisting arrest outside a Cincinnati nightclub. Jones plead guilty to disorderly conduct, received one year of probation and community service while the resisting arrest charge was dropped after Jones apologized to police.
Jones started five games in 2012 and averaged nearly 12 yards on 26 punt returns, a performance that earned him a three-year, $5.35 million extension that included $1 million in guaranteed money in March.