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Report: Jail nurse Adam Jones spit on upset with handling of his case

This story gets weirder and messier by the day, and the only consistent thing about it has how bad Adam Jones continues to look because of it.

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The case of Adam Jones’ recent arrest continues to take more and more odd turns.

The latest comes from the jail nurse who Jones allegedly spit on during the night of his arrest. That was part of the multiple charges Jones was hit with that night, and the spitting incident is actually a felony charge of harassment with a bodily substance, which could carry up to a year in prison.

Per the Cincinnati Enquirer, the jail nurse, Tammy Hopkins, is reportedly very upset with how the case is being handled, partly because it seems like Jones is being let off easy. Additionally, she’s upset for not getting a better explanation of what’s going on by Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters.

“She was told by Prosecutor Deters not to show up, that the case is continued, and ‘we’ll call you,’ ” Hopkins’ attorney, Robert Karl, told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I guess she got, for lack of a better word, a talking-to from Deters, and she’s not very happy about it. They basically patted her on the head and told her to get out.”

Deters, as you may recall, is the prosecutor who wants the NFL to punish Jones before he goes forward with this case. That’s helped lead to a delay in this case, which was supposed to reconvene tomorrow, but has now been rescheduled to March 23. The original court date was scheduled for March, so this is the second continuance on the case.

There’s also this little nugget that suggests Jones is getting a bit of preferential treatment:

According to Karl, Deters told Hopkins that Jones could lose his job if he is convicted, and “you should do what's best for him.”

This wouldn’t be the first time a professional athlete has gotten preferential treatment from the law (cough..Ben Roethlisberger...cough...Joey Porter...cough), nor will it be the last. It’s good on Hopkins for standing up for herself and what she believes is unfair treatment in Jones’ case.

Karl says he's tried to find out more information about the case from Deters, but hasn't received any response.

The Enquirer also recently spoke with attorney Mike Allen, who served as the Hamilton County head prosecutor in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He seemed to be in disbelief regarding how Deters is handing Jones’ case.

“What the NFL does is completely irrelevant to what happens in the criminal justice system,” Allen told the Enquirer. “Not one person with the record of Pacman Jones and who has done the things he has done, has gotten any special consideration in Hamilton County.”

We’ll continue to supply more updates on Jones’ case as they become available.


Per ESPN’s Katherine Terrell, court documents indicate Adam Jones requested and was granted another continuance of his case. The Grand jury hearing is now scheduled for March 23, well into free agency.

UPDATE: The Enquirer has added new information to their story after speaking with Deters.

In an interview, Deters said he has never spoken to Hopkins. He said what Karl described never happened.

"He's out of his mind," Deters said.

He said he received a message Thursday that Hopkins wants to speak with him.

It’s kind of strange that a Hamilton County prosecutor is saying Karl is “out of his mind”. But, that perfectly fits with the rest of what is going on with this story.

The Enquirer also added to the following to the story:

Deters said Jones is now in treatment, and he expects to make a decision sometime in March about how he will proceed with the case.