Cinncinati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones pleaded not guilty to assault charges, stemming from his arrest Monday for allegedly striking a woman in the face after she threw a beer bottle at him. The plea was entered a day after he was jailed then released on his own recognizance, according to The Washington Post.
The incident, which was caught on a surveillance tape, occurred at a downtown Cincinnati nightclub shortly before midnight on June 5. Jones reportedly approached two women, who were sitting outside of the establishment. A third woman, whom police investigators have identified as 34-year-old Shannon Wesley, is seen walking over to Jones in a seemingly confrontational manner. The woman is seen reaching for the 29-year-old cornerback’s face, but the video is so grainy that it is difficult to determine whether the woman has an object in her hand.
Jones is then reportedly seen striking the woman so hard that she falls to the ground but quickly gets up.
An unnamed woman then follows Jones, who is quickly escorted away from the scene by an unidentified man.
Watch the incident here:
The NFL, which has a strict conduct policy in place, does not take too kindly to reports of violence, especially against women. Case in point, the Miami Dolphins fired Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson, after he got in to a scuffle with his former spouse, reality star Evelyn Lozada, last year. Johnson was released from his NFL team as a result of his head-butting Lozada during a domestic squabble.
Meanwhile, Jones, who joined the Bengals in the spring of 2010, has been involved in three police-related incidents since then. In addition, the grid iron player has been arrested at least seven times. He is now claiming self-defense with regards to the allegations against him and publicly voiced his innocence via hisTwitter account: