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NFL's 'Pacman' Jailed For Assault, Disorderly Conduct

| by Kathryn Schroeder

Adam "Pacman" Jones, cornerback for the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals, is accused of assault, disorderly conduct and obstructing official business.

Jones, 33, was arrested in Cincinnati around 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 3 after allegedly “pushing and poking [a security guard] in the eye” near the Millennium Hotel, according to court documents obtained by WCPO.

He also reportedly refused to get into the police cruiser by pulling away, kicking and head-butting during his arrest.

During processing at the Hamilton County Justice Center, court documents claim Jones spat on a nurse’s hand, which added a charge of harassment with a bodily substance to his docket.

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"Mr. Jones was disorderly and combative throughout the booking process, eventually requiring him to be placed in a restraint chair," a statement from the sheriff's office said.

Jones denied all charges when he appeared in court, stating he has witnesses that will debunk the charges against him.

A judge ordered a blood test of Jones to test for HIV, sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis, according to court documents.

“[The test] is consistent with any inmate being charged with being disorderly,” sheriff’s office spokesman Mike Robinson said.

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The medical staff was unable to perform the test until Jan. 4, so Jones will remain in custody until that time. His bail has been set at $37,500.

"Whether someone is a professional athlete, a blue-collar worker or homeless, our staff will treat them with respect and we expect the same," Sheriff Jim Neil said in a press release. "Regardless of who they are, if they endanger my deputies, our medical staff or themselves, we will take action."

PJ Combs, a spokesman for the Bengals, declined to comment on the incident.

"The [Bengals] considers it inappropriate to comment on ongoing legal matters,” Combs said.

Jones is no stranger to the court system. In 2006 he was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct when he spit on a woman’s face in a nightclub. He also allegedly did the same thing in October 2016.

In 2007, Jones was ordered to pay $11 million in damages to Las Vegas strip club employees that were injured when a lone gunman, claiming to be acting at Jones’ bidding, opened fire outside the club, ESPN reported.

Sources: WCPO, ESPN / Photo credit: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office via WXIX

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