Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones is expected to appeal his fine from the NFL. Jones was fined $35,000 by the league after he slammed Oakland Raiders rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper’s head into his helmet in the Bengals-Raiders game last Sunday.
“It's way too much. $35,000 is a lot of money for a guy out playing football. But it is what it is,” Jones said to ESPN. "I'll appeal and if it gets appealed, hey [good]. If it doesn't, I guess I donated to somebody's college fund this year."
Jones promised that he wouldn’t change the way he plays even after the incident and the league fine, saying that he plays “with a passion” and that he plays “that way.”
“I'm just one of those guys who plays with no seat belt. I'm not going to change the way I play for nobody. As long as it's not hurting my team then I'm cool. I know the difference between playing smart and reckless and playing smart and reckless and doing dumb things. Hopefully that won't happen anymore,” the 31-year-old Jones added.
Jones is an NFL veteran with nine years experience in the league while the 21-year-old Cooper is a rookie who was the fourth overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
The Bengals beat the Raiders, 33-13 with Cincinnati getting the huge 33-0 lead after three quarters. Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton had 269 passing yards on 25 of 34 completions with 2 touchdowns. Jones was credited 10 tackles and a forced fumble while Cooper had 47 receiving yards on 5 receptions in his NFL debut.