Cincinnati Bengals: Adam Jones Pleads Not Guilty to Assault Charge -- What's Your Take?

By Simon Greene
Adam Pacman Jones
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Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones, Cincinnati Bengals veteran cornerback was arrested after an incident on June 5 in a bar in Cincinnati, where a he allegedly slapped a woman. Jones took to Twitter the following day to say that he was arrested for defending himself after the woman fired a bottle at him at short range, and that is just what he claimed happened when he was in court on Tuesday when he pleaded not guilty.

Although pleading not guilty to the charge of assault, Jones does admit that he slapped the woman, claiming that he was acting in self defense (fast forward to around 00:50 seconds and see for yourself), stating in court that the woman threw the bottle at him.

After watching the video myself, it was quite clear that the bottle never left the woman’s hands, but on the other side of it, it does look as if the woman attempted to shove it in his face, throwing her beer over him in the process. In that instance, it could be seen that acting out of instinct as a man who is used to going up against people trying to fight him on the pitch three hours a day for 16-plus weeks a year, is the norm, although still illegal of course.

The woman clearly antagonized Jones in this instance, and although she said that he was harassing her friends, she did still make the first move so it’s difficult to say whether or not the courts will be in her favor.

Jones was arrested in 2011 for disorderly conduct in a Cincinnati bar, pleading guilty to the charge in that instance. Jones was neither punished by the NFL nor the Bengals.

What’s your take on the alleged assault charge? Comment Below.

Although pleading not guilty to the charge of assault, he does admit that he hit her.

Written by Simon Greene – Cincinnati Bengals Writer.  Follow Simon on Twitter @simongreene88

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