While confusion lingers regarding the recent interaction between Bengals cornerback Adam Jones and the woman who has accused him of assault, there should be no ambiguity going forward. Jones and the woman have been ordered to stay away from each other.
According to Local12.com, a judge implemented a no-contact provision despite a potential awkward dynamic: Both Jones and his accuser work at Paul Brown Stadium. He plays football (duh); she serves food in the suites.
“So they just have to avoid each other and be adults about this, and if they’re passing in the hallway there better not be any words on either side,” Judge Megan Shanahan. “But both of them are ordered to stay away from each other it goes both ways equally.”
The judge’s decision makes sense, given that the accuser clearly instigated the incident. While instigation may not justify Jones’ claim that he struck the woman in self-defense, there’s good reason to keep these two apart.