Bengals player Adam “Pacman” Jones is getting more time to work on personal issues before anything happens with the latest criminal case against him.
Hamilton County court records show the date for possible grand jury action has been delayed from Friday until March 23. Jones has been getting treatment for alcohol and anger issues. His attorney has said he is getting professional help in the Cincinnati area.
“He is being treated like anyone else,” said Prosecutor Joe Deters, whose delay in proceeding in the case has drawn some local criticism. “He is in treatment and the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s office is awaiting those reports before deciding how this case will be resolved.”
Deters said in a statement that he expects the reports to be ready for review next month.
The 33-year-old cornerback was arrested Jan. 3 on charges of assault, disorderly conduct and obstructing official business after an altercation with a hotel security employee. He subsequently was charged with spitting on a jail nurse. An attorney for the nurse told The Cincinnati Enquirer she is “very upset” about the way the case is being handled.
A Cincinnati police video released last month showed Jones in the back of a police vehicle repeatedly using profanity toward the officers and telling one: “I hope you die tomorrow.” He apologized through his attorneys and the Bengals also apologized for his behavior.
Jones had said after coming out of jail Jan. 4 that he shouldn’t have been arrested and expected to have the charges dropped.
Deters has said he’d like to know what NFL discipline Jones faces, noting that a suspension would cost Jones millions of dollars.
The NFL has said it’s reviewing the matter under its personal conduct policy. The league could discipline Jones regardless of the outcome of the criminal charges.
Arrests and suspensions nearly ended Jones’ NFL career before the Bengals signed him in 2010 and he became a starting defensive back and kick returner.
He was suspended for the 2007 season as a member of the Tennessee Titans after a violent Las Vegas strip club melee, and was suspended for six games in 2008 when he was with the Dallas Cowboys over an alcohol-related altercation. He didn’t play in the NFL in 2009.