Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones is in trouble with the law again, and this time the incident was caught on surveillance video.
On Monday, Jones tweeted that he had been arrested for what he described as “protecting” himself. A police report revealed that “Pacman” had indeed been arrested after allegedly punching a woman outside an Ohio nightclub, but details on the incident remained sketchy until the release of a surveillance video which apparently captured the altercation.
Jones’ agent, Peter Schaffer, updated ESPN’s Adam Schefter on his client’s side of the incident. Jones claims that he was approached by a pair of drunken women who wanted to take a picture with him. When Jones refused, one of them allegedly threw a beer bottle at him, causing Jones to respond by slapping her.
On Monday afternoon, ESPN Cincinnati obtained a surveillance video which appears to capture the slapping incident. While the footage is choppy and lacks clear audio, it is certain that one of the women raises her hand toward Jones’ head; it’s unclear if the woman was attempting to hit Jones, or pour a drink over his head.
ESPN Cincinnati suggests that the woman never dropped her beer bottle, and appeared to pursue Jones after he struck her. Regardless, her actions seemed to infuriate Jones, who can clearly be seen slapping the woman and pursuing her along the length of a short fence.
Jones surrendered himself to Cincinnati police on Monday, and was released on his recognizance shortly thereafter, ESPN reports. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Tuesday.
The Cincinnati Bengals organization has yet to comment on the issue. Bengals spokesman Jack Brennan told ESPN that the franchise doesn’t “feel it’s appropriate to comment on unresolved legal matters.” Meanwhile, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said that the league was “aware of [the arrest] and will review the facts at the appropriate time.”
Monday’s arrest is just the latest incident in Jones’ long history of legal troubles. In January 2012, he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct after allegedly shouting profanities and attempting to pull away as police arrested him outside a Cincinnati bar.
Tom Barrabi is a reporter for the International Business Times. He graduated from Fairfield University in 2011, and has also written for Men's Fitness, Complex, GuySpeed, and...