Bengals Writer: Surprised If Bengals Punish Jones

Adam Jones is in legal trouble – again. The Bengals cornerback was arrested Tuesday morning and charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing police and received a felony charge of harassment with a bodily substance.

The 33-year-old was apparently so combative that he had to be placed in a restraint chair.

“Basically, he was at a hotel in downtown Cincinnati,” Cincinnati Enquirer Bengals writer Jim Owczarski began on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “Who knows? Lost? Looking for someone? Not quite sure. (He) was kind of going around banging on doors, and that of course drew the attention of hotel security. That led to an altercation, which led to the police, which led to more altercations of a physical nature and resulted in him being arrested. Now where this really took a turn – and what’s really worth paying attention to, I guess – is once he was in custody, he drew a felony charge for allegedly spitting on two employees in custody, one of which being a nurse. That was a felony harassment charge – the most serious of all the charges. Not that disorderly conduct and creating physical disturbances with the police are not serious, but the felony here – especially under the broad arm and power of Roger Goodell, not to mention the legal system – that’s kind of the thing to watch and maybe the most distressing part of it considering that when this stuff happens, you got to go back to Adam’s long history and past. It’s a pattern of repeated behavior, even though he really hasn’t run afoul too much since 2008, 2009.”

Still, Owczarski does not believe that the Bengals will punish Jones – at least not yet.

“As of Tuesday, the Bengals’ long-standing issue with this is no comment until the legal action runs its course,” he said. “They don’t really act until all of that is settled, for the most part. So I would be surprised if the team does anything until then. Even if the commissioner decides this action results in some sort of disciplinary result, I don’t think the team’s going to do anything about it. They signed him to a three-year, $24 million deal just last offseason as an unrestricted free agent. So they still felt he was an important player to them. He was elected a captain this past year. No doubt they’re disappointed, and Marvin Lewis told us they don’t condone such things, but I don’t know if they’re done necessarily. They just don’t do things in that way, I guess.”

Jones, who has had his fair share of legal issues since entering the league in 2005, was also arrested in 2011 and 2013. He has played for the Bengals since 2010.

“I hate to say it, but he’s had sort of these issues in the recent past, and they’ve stuck by him,”  Owczarski said. “So I got to go with the history of the club. I guess it’s possible, but I just don’t see something happening. Again.”

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