Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Pacman Jones is once again suffering the consequences of being on the wrong side of the law, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct in Cincinnati for a July 2011 bar incident.
Judge Brad Greenberg ordered Jones, who entered the plea in Hamilton County Municipal Court, to serve a year of probation, complete 50 hours of community service and pay a $250 fine plus court costs. It was possible that Jones could have received a maximum jail sentence of 30 days.
Jones was the sixth overall pick in 2005 for the Tennessee Titans. He started 28 games in his first two seasons with the team, but since then, repeated arrests have muddled his career.
After missing the entire 2007 season with the first of two suspensions from the NFL, the Titans traded Jones to the Dallas Cowboys before the 2008 draft. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, reputable for giving troubled athletes a shot, had to release Pacman nonetheless after an alcohol-related altercation with a bodyguard that the Cowboys provided Pacman cost him another six-game suspension.
Jones was out of the league for a year before the Cincinnati Bengals swooped in and gave him a chance at redemption by signing him to a two-year deal in 2010. Although he no longer had starting cornerback potential, Jones did excel as Cincinnati's third-string cornerback before a herniated disk in his neck ended his 2010 season after only five games.
As a result, Jones had surgery for the herniated disk. He also had another neck procedure done last summer, forcing him to miss the first six games of 2011. Then, as luck would have it, Jones pulled a hamstring in his first game back, forcing him to sit out two more games.
Nevertheless, Jones played the rest of the season, starting those eight games at cornerback in place of the injured Leon Hall. Jones had no interceptions and just two punt returns for 67 yards.
Jones, 28, was accused in court documents of being disorderly, shouting profanities and trying to pull away as officers arrested him at a downtown Cincinnati bar in the summer. He apologized for his conduct to police in court, saying that he realized that he could have handled it a whole lot better and was just trying to protect his fiancée.
The NFL will review Jones' case and then could impose another suspension should Jones, who will be a free agent after finishing his second season with Cincinnati, sign with a team.