Written By: Ishton W. Morton – March 22nd, 2017
This is certainly good news for Mr. Jones. On Wednesday March 22nd, 2017 at the request of Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters one felony charge, Harassment with a Bodily Substance (Felony 5), pending against Adam Jones has been dismissed.
Mr. Jones might still be subject to potential discipline from the NFL even if the conduct does not result in a criminal conviction. Predicated on communication with Deters and NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy “Our review continues under the personal conduct policy, which states that a player may still.”
The 33 years-old Adam Jones was arrested back on January 3rd 2017 in Cincinnati for allegedly pushing a security guard and poking him in the eye and then refusing to comply with law enforcement officers. He then spit on the hand of a nurse while he was being booked into the Hamilton County Justice Center.
Although felony charges against Mr. Jones has been dropped the Hamilton County Justice Center nurse referenced in this arrest has contended she’ll continue to pursue civil remedies against him.
However, there are 3 other charges still pending against Mr. Jones. They are Obstructing Official Business a (Misdemeanor 2), Disorderly Conduct a (Misdemeanor 4), and Assault (Misdemeanor 1) these will be referred to the Hamilton County Municipal Court. Since these offenses occurred in Cincinnati, they will be prosecuted by the City of Cincinnati’s Prosecutor’s office.
Deters has no jurisdiction over the remaining charges, however, he said he would dismiss them as well if it were up to him.
Nonetheless, according to Timothy Schneider the lawyer for Mr. Jones the plan is to plead not guilty to the remaining misdemeanor charges of assault, disorderly conduct and obstructing official business. The city of Cincinnati will handle that case.
Accordingly Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office is in receipt of a letter from Adam Jones’ treating physician which indicates that Mr. Jones is doing well in treatment. No further information on Mr. Jones’ treatment will be released by the Prosecutor’s Office.
On Wednesday Deters said on the “Bill Cunningham Show” on 700 WLW in Cincinnati. “Jones had some chew in his cheek and he spit it out and hit the nurse’s hand and was charged for that.” He added “It was a pretty … ticky tack kind of charge.”
Also, Deters said the nurse involved in the case appeared to be seeking a civil settlement from Jones, which factored into his decision to drop the charges.
Seemingly, she may not have told the truth. She might have been trying squeeze some money out of Mr. Jones. Deters said; “She said I talked to her; I never spoke with her.” Deters continue to say; “I’ve still never spoken with her in any fashion about this case. Secondly, she denied that they were trying to get a civil settlement, which is entirely false. … I’m not going to use the sledgehammer of criminal prosecution to get her money. She’s been untruthful in talking to me, she’s been untruthful about her willingness to settle this thing civilly.”
Subsequent to reviewing videos from the police bodycam I am disposed to be in agreement with Deters. Mr. Jones exhibited that were consistent with drunken person.
During conversations with Bill Cunningham Show” on 700 WLW Deters made the case, “It’s just drunken foolishness. Cincinnati police probably handle 10-25 cases like that in Cincinnati. Everyone thinks, ‘Oh, Pacman Jones got a deal because he’s a Bengal.’ I don’t even know the guy. I don’t go to the football games and I could care less. But I know what’s important in being a prosecutor — sometimes you have to deal with drunken people as a police officer or as a worker in the jail. That’s the nature of the job …
In the words of Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters; “It’s not really a priority. It really is not. If he had truly assaulted someone — truly hurt someone, which he did not — that’s a different story. … Adam Jones was not violent, but he was in fact disorderly. … He was just being, for lack of a better term, an idiot.”
Deters said another factor was Jones’ willingness to enter alcohol-related and anger management treatment. “He’s actively in treatment right now, and the doctor has indicted to me that Adam Jones has extended his treatment program beyond what they normally do because he wants to fix himself for the good of his family.” No additional charges will becoming from this incident.
Deters said he has not spoken with the NFL about the case. However, Jones could still face discipline from the league.
Pursuant to prior incidents, Jones could be considered a repeat offender in the league’s eyes, having found himself in trouble with both the law and the NFL several times before. He was suspended by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for the entire 2007 season for off-the-field conduct related to a shooting incident in a Las Vegas nightclub earlier that year.
Also, Jones was acquitted of a 2013 assault charge after a woman accused him of punching her outside of a nightclub. The NFL did not suspend him for the incident.
Jones has been with the Bengals since 2010 and has two years remaining on his contract. He has started 30 regular-season games for them during the last two years and made the Pro Bowl in 2014.
Regardless, Mr. Jones needs to be extremely grateful to Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters. And continue after the continuum expressed by the Rev. Jessie Jackson; “Keep Hope Alive!”