Adam Jones either wants to be cut, or believes he’s untouchable, at least in his own little world.
Apparently in that world he lives in, it’s okay to not only assault (allegedly) police officers and spit on jail nurses (allegedly), but it’s also perfectly fine to tell people he hopes they die.
That’s what video obtained from the arresting officer’s car (and acquired by TMZ Sports) shows Jones saying, among other obscenities.
Here is the video, and please be aware there’s plenty of NSFW material in it:
In the video, Jones calls the officer, “a b–tch a– ni—-” and goes on to say “I hope you die tomorrow. You’re gonna be out of a job tomorrow.”
That alone is reason enough for the Bengals to cut him. There’s no room for that anywhere in the NFL, let alone from an aging, overpaid cornerback who this teams need to rid itself of.
It’s almost like Jones was just daring the Bengals to cut him with as many mistakes he made that night. The Bengals may simply be waiting until they have all of the details before making a decision.
The case is still out to a grand jury, and the next court hearing is February 10, after the prosecutor pushed back the court date wanting to hear about the NFL’s plans for disciplining Jones. It’s unclear if this latest revelation was something the court, NFL and Bengals already knew about.
With free agency not beginning until March, the team can afford to wait a little longer and make sure they know everything before making such a big decision, but it’s become painfully evident that decision must involve Jones being gone.
And let’s face it: This ultimately would be best for the Bengals as they look to re-sign Dre Kirkpatrick in free agency, as well as give first-rounders Darqueze Dennard and William Jackson III more playing time next year, something they wouldn’t get much of if Jones remains on the roster.
There is apparently considerable more video that’s in the process of coming out. We’ll keep you updated as more details emerge.
Update: The Bengals have finally released their first statement on Jones’ arrest.
"We are extremely disappointed with Adam’s behavior. The behavior in the video is not what we expect from our players. The Club is aware that Adam has put forth his own apology, however, we also offer an apology to the public and to our loyal fans."
Jones didn’t actually put forth an apology, his lawyers did. Maybe the Bengals should also consider apologizing to the police officers who Jones cursed out and wished death upon.