Adam Jones case on hold, prosecutor wants to know NFL punishment

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Court proceedings related to Bengals cornerback Adam Jones’ arrest earlier this month following an incident at a Cincinnati hotel have been continued until February 10.

A judge made that decision last Friday after Jones’ attorneys agreed to waive his right to a speedy trial on charges of assault, disorderly conduct, obstructing official business and harassment with a bodily substance. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said late last week that his office “will pursue something” against Jones for behaving “boorishly and foolishly,” but that he wants and idea of what the NFL will do on the discipline front before deciding how to proceed.

“One of the factors that goes into my decision is what the NFL’s going to do to him,” Deters said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “If he gets suspended for four games, he loses $2 million. We have drunken idiots every night over at the [jail] that don’t get fined $2 million.”

Jones has been suspended twice in the past for all of the 2007 season and part of the 2008 campaign, which left his career prospects looking bleak. That outlook cleared after the Bengals signed him in 2010 as Jones has remained productive while staying on the field.

The league is reviewing Jones’ case to see if that streak will end, but there’s no set timeline for them to make a ruling about disciplinary action for the cornerback.

31 responses to “Adam Jones case on hold, prosecutor wants to know NFL punishment

  1. That is just flat out bizarre.

    Does the judge look at what punishment less famous people get before he hands down their sentences?

  2. Well played Mr Prosecutor, well played. But when there is anything as troublesome as a criminal court involved to expose facts der Kommi$$ioner treads more carefully

  3. WOW. Thank god I don’t live in Cincinnati with this clown as a prosecutor. I wonder how many other repeat offenders are on the street because of this guy.

  4. It sounds like they know it was a minor offense and don’t want him to be unfairly punished for being drunk and stupid but not causing much harm.

    It is bizarre, but they aren’t going to look at what kind of punishment non-famous people get because non-famous people don’t really get punished by their employers for stupid stuff they do on their off time, as long as they don’t miss work.

  5. Or here’s an idea… maybe the prosecution should do its job independent of the NFL. It’s funny how the equity argument comes into play for the rich, but never for the poor.

  6. What?! Since when would a court contact your employer to see if you’re going to be punished by them – and then downgrade the punishment they give you? This is lunacy.

    The potential $2M is Jones’ fault for putting himself in this situation, not the courts responsibility to protect.

  7. What is it his concern of what his employer will do to him?? He broke state laws which have consequences on their own that he has to deal with. Whether or not he gets additional consequences from his employer shouldn’t matter.

  8. I actually applaud this and I have no love for Jones. But the rule of law seems to suggest that he should be punished for his crime. Not twice for his crime. It isn’t about him being rich. $2 mil to a rich person is like $200 to someone making at or below the median income. It hurts.

  9. When the legal system looks to the NFL for guidance and not the other way around things have really gotten really messed up. After all, these are the same people that still can’t figure out what a catch is

  10. WOW. Just WOW. This is most definitely a first. May take months before he gets an answer. Even then, what about Mr X that has somewhat same Chargers against him and works at the University. Will every prosecutor check what punishment Mr X may receive from his or her employer before he proceeds with the case? If this prosecutor does this Adam Jones he has to do it for everyone charged with anything.

  11. It is nice to know that our legal system hinges upon what Roger Goodell thinks is right and fair.

    Is this story real?
    It must be, because you can’t make this crap up.

    Mr. Prosecuter….how about you just do your job.

    Let Roger be Roger, by himself.

  12. All you need to know is that he’s the lowest form of life on the planet and that he literally punches out women.

    Life in prison is too good for this turd.

  13. Shouldn’t matter what the NFL is going to do to him. Dish out your punishment you frign liberal judge.

  14. What the hell? What difference does that make? Repercussions at the workplace should factor ZERO into any legal recourse he may receive. Mr. Jones gets no better or worse treatment because if who he is.

  15. Somewhere between bizarre and outrageous. First the NFL shouldn’t be bigger than the law (isn’t that what this judge is saying, in a way?) and second do we trust the NFL to hand out the appropriate punishment? Total cart before the horse justice. Odd.

  16. boondockstlrssaint says:
    Jan 16, 2017 10:38 AM


    Agreed, you can’t make this stuff up. Since when does the legal system rely on private enterprise to set the standard? Law is law.

    Do. Your. Job.

    I get your point, but I think where the judge is coming from is that he sees the complete and total ridiculous nature for what the NFL does for punishment. And when you put it the way the judge put it, it really makes a lot of sense. I know that if I got wasted drunk, peed on a parking meter and got tossed in the drunk tank for the night that I wouldn’t lose my job. The NFL thinks it is the upholder of morality – depending on who owns your team. Just ask mara and that wife-beating punter from the ny giants.

  17. As a Bengals fan I want him cut. As a citizen of the area I want the prosecutor to do his job. This is the same guy that is prosecuting the cop for murder and clearly overcharged the guy. Now he is letting the B team handle the prosecution in the second trial because he wants to “save face” if he walks again.

  18. So if a child molester gets fired from their job as a school teacher because of the crime, this dirtbag prosecutor won’t bring charges???

  19. mrpkg says:
    Jan 16, 2017 10:00 AM
    So how much money you make determines what you get charged with?

    And you wonder why people have problems with the Police?

    The police make the arrest, they have no say in what punishment the court decides to hand out.

  20. So they don’t want to punish Pac-Man too much? It’s not like this is the first time he’s been in trouble, broken a law, or otherwise made both a fool of himself and a mockery of respectable behavior. I don’t care if the average “drunk idiot” doesn’t get fined $2 million, because this isn’t your average drunk idiot. How long Jones might potentially be out of a job and how much he might get fined should have nothing to do with his legal case. Besides, if Goodell goes the Ray Rice/Aldon Smith route, for all we know waiting for the NFL to make a decision could extend into next season.

  21. love all these pissburg fans whining about this considering they’ve got and owner that actively interferes with investigations and has charges dropped for their players and coaches.

  22. I’m in the military, and this happens all the time. Punishing someone twice for the same crime is unfair. If one of my troops gets hammered downtown, we will consider it in his punishment under the UCMJ.

    As much as I can’t stand Pac man, I have to agree here. Goodell has unreasonable authority, and society witnesses it and is tryi g to create a balance.

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