Details are emerging on the events that led up to Adam Jones’ arrest just after midnight on Tuesday.
The Bengals cornerback faces misdemeanor charges of assault, disorderly conduct and obstructing official business, and a felony count of harassment with a bodily substance, which occurred once he was in custody.
Jones was arrested at the Millennium Hotel in downtown Cincinnati. Per the Cincinnati Enquirer, here’s what happened prior to his arrest:
Prosecutors say Jones was at the Millennium Hotel early Tuesday morning and was “beating on different hotel room doors.” Hotel security came to investigate, and prosecutors say Jones pushed and poked a hotel security employee in the eye.
Police were then called.
Once police arrived on the scene, Jones resisted arrest and according to police documents, he head butted and kicked an officer. Once in custody at Hamilton County jail, and going through normal procedures, Jones spit on a jail nurse and a deputy, which added the felony count to his record. Per the Enquirer, Jones had to be placed in a restraint chair.
Jones made a court appearance this morning, at which point Hamilton County Municipal Judge Richard Bernat set bonds totaling $37,500 and ordered Jones to provide a DNA sample. Because the nurse who takes DNA samples was already gone for the day, Jones will be required to spend Tuesday night in jail before he can be released following the DNA sample.
Per his public defender Lauren Staley, Jones “vehemently denies” the charges against him from the hotel incident, and he will be hiring an attorney to represent him moving forward.
Staley also says there are witnesses Jones intends to call upon in his own defense, according to the Enquirer. There is video footage of the incidents both at the hotel and the jail, though that has not yet been released.
Per USA Today’s NFL Arrest Database, here’s a history of Jones’ past arrests:
|9/23/2013||CIN||Adam Jones||CB||Arrested||Disorderly conduct||He was the passenger in a car pulled over for speeding and was cited for disorderly conduct. The driver was charged with drunk driving.||Paid $130 for fine and court costs.|
|6/10/2013||CIN||Adam Jones||CB||Arrested||Assault||Accused of punching a woman outside a Cincinnati bar on June 5. It is his eighth run-in with the law since 2005.||Resolution undetermined.|
|7/10/2011||CIN||Adam Jones||CB||Arrested||Alcohol||Accused of disorderly conduct while intoxicated and resisting arrest at bar in Cincinnati.||Resolution undetermined.|
|6/21/2007||TEN||Adam Jones||CB||Charged||Coercion, gun||Surrended in Las Vegas, charged with felony coercion in connection to strip club shooting that paralyzed a man.||Pleaded no contest to conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct, agreed to testify against gunman.|
|10/26/2006||TEN||Adam Jones||CB||Cited||Assault||Accused of spitting in a woman's face at Nashville nightclub.||Charge dropped because of inconsistent testimony.|
|8/25/2006||TEN||Adam Jones||CB||Arrested||Public intoxication||Accused of being drunk, shouting profanities and arguing with a woman outside club in Tennessee.||Charges dropped on the condition he stays out trouble for six months.|
|3/23/2006||TEN||Adam Jones||CB||Charged||Drugs||Accused of smoking marijuana after he emerged from Corvette reeking of marijuana. Officers were serving a warrant on his home in Georgia.||Charge dropped.|
|2/6/2006||TEN||Adam Jones||CB||Arrested||Drugs||Accused of throwing a punch at an officer and marijuana possession in Fayetteville, Ga. He had been in his parked Bentley.||Pleaded no contest to obstructing police, three years of probation, $500 fine.|
|7/13/2005||TEN||Adam Jones||CB||Surrendered||Assault||Accused of assault and vandalism after being asked to leave club in Nashville.||Charges dropped after nightclub manager said he didn't want to pursue it.|
The Bengals have released the following statement:
We are aware and working to gather full information, but policy is that it's inappropriate for the Club to comment on unresolved legal matters.
Per Katherine Terrell of ESPN, an NFL spokesman said Jones’ arrest will be reviewed under the NFL’s personal conduct policy, but said the league has no further comment. Due to Jones’ past history of arrests and run ins with the law, you can expect a suspension will be forthcoming.