In the last two days both Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis and owner Mike Brown have made public comments supporting cornerback Adam Jones.
Jones was arrested in January and is currently being charged with three misdemeanors for his actions.
Brown made it quite clear that Jones will not be cut by the Bengals in response to his arrest -- without saying as much — and Jones responded via social media shortly after.
“There are no words, to truly express what it means to me to be a part of a family that's has giving me & my family so much support and love. I truly don't take it for granted & I vow to continue to order my steps & continue to give you all, the best of me,” Jones wrote and shared via Twitter.
Jones is currently undergoing alcohol and anger management counseling, which is part of the reason why the felony he was also charged with on January 3 has been dropped.
Fellow Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick also tweeted about Brown’s comments:
Here’s part of what Brown said on Wednesday in regards to Jones’ status on the team, via the Cincinnati Enquirer.
"I see Adam Jones through my own eyes. I see different facets of his personality. I see him as a person who is energetic, lively, positive for the most part, exceptionally so. I know a little bit about his family, that weighs in my mind. I think back to when he had his little daughter and she was a premie. He used to drive up from practices at Georgetown every day after practice to look through the glass and see her where they kept the premie babies in the hospital and the lights went out, one after another in that group of little babies, they disappeared. His little girl managed to survive. Now she has grown into a 5-year-old little girl. Wonderful little girl. Very pretty, very attractive, very energetic. To me, that is a story that registers. I would say this point blank: Am I looking to harm her? I’m not. It’s a bigger picture than one incident. And I get to be the one that sits in the chair to decide that. So I have chosen to decide it the way I am deciding it. “I’m going to give him a chance. I hope it comes out right for him, for his family and for us. I know there are critics. I understand. But that is a full answer. And that’s what I have to say about it."
What do you think about Jones’ tweet?