Adam “Pacman” Jones, the Cincinnati Bengals cornerback, was caught on video in an angry, profane tirade after he was arrested in Cincinnati on Jan. 3, based on a report on TMZ.com.
TMZ obtained a video that it says shows Jones in a police car after he was taken into custody. Jones, on the video, dropped the “n” word multiple times, directed profanity at the officer, demanded to know his charges, and at one point told the cop: “I hope you die tomorrow.”
The charges are bad enough, but the video could spell the end of Jones’ NFL career. Jones inked a three-year, $22 million contract that expires at the end of the 2018 season. The NFL is sure to step in, and it’s reasonable to wonder whether discipline from the league would results in the end of his Bengals — and football — career, given that he’s at the advanced football age of 23.
Jones has been charged with assault, disorderly conduct and obstructing official business — all misdemeanors, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. Jones, according to the Enquirer, has now been charged a felony count of harassment with a bodily substance as authorities allege he spit on a nurse while at jail.
Jones’ attorney said, at his arraignment, that his client “vehemently denies” the charges.
According to the Enquirer, the Jones arrest stemmed from him allegedly pushing a man and poking him in the eye, although the newspaper did not provide additional details beyond that. The other charges he faces stem from his alleged behavior after that incident.
Jones has had numerous run-ins with the law. He was suspended for the entire 2007 season without pay (a loss of more than $1.2 million) following violations of the league’s personal conduct policy. He pled guilty to a disorderly conduct charge in 2011, and was found not guilty of an assault charge in 2013.
His next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 10.