Bengals cornerback Adam Jones pleads guilty to obstruction charge

Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of obstructing police on Tuesday stemming from his January 3 arrest for an altercation at a hotel in downtown Cincinnati. He allegedly shoved and poked him in the eye and refused to comply with law enforcement officers. He was also charged with one felony for harassment with a bodily substance, but that charge was dropped in March.

The court tossed out the other two misdemeanor charges Jones was facing - assault and disorderly conduct - as part of the plea deal he struck with the prosecutor.

The charge Jones pleaded guilty to is a second-degree misdemeanor and he was sentenced to time served - two days - by the judge.

In court, Jones apologized for his behavior.

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"I truly am sorry for putting the officer in that situation", Jones reportedly said after court Tuesday.

This led to Jones taking anger management and alcohol-abuse treatment after the arrest.

A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has been denied reinstatement by the NFL. He is still subject to potential discipline from the NFL.

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis and owner Mike Brown have expressed their support for Jones, and he remains on Cincinnati's roster. But it's been made into a public issue, and maybe I am overly tolerant. Now, all that remains to be seen is how the National Football League will crack down on Jones. A diligent pro. He's got to just continue to handle himself within the scope of day to day and be a great pro.

  • Lawrence Cooper