'Pacman' Jones Reaches Plea Deal After Airport Arrest

Former NFL star apologizes to police
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2023 2:55 PM CDT
Updated Dec 15, 2023 5:00 AM CST
Adam 'Pacman' Jones Arrested at Airport
Adam "Pacman" Jones looks on as players take part in drills during the NFL football team's training camp Saturday, Aug. 6, 2022, at the Denver Broncos' headquarters in Centennial, Colo.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
UPDATE Dec 15, 2023 5:00 AM CST

Adam "Pacman" Jones has reached a plea deal on charges filed after he was kicked off a plane at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in September. The former Cincinnati Bengals cornerback pleaded guilty to one count of disorderly conduct and charges of alcohol intoxication and terroristic threatening were dropped, TMZ reports. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, which will be suspended unless he engages in "unlawful conduct" at the airport in the next two years, reports the AP. In a post on X, he apologized for how he spoke to police officers after he left the plane. "I am not proud of my conversations with the police that day," he said. "I am truly aware that police have a very difficult job and deserve to be treated with respect and appreciation."

Sep 11, 2023 2:55 PM CDT

Former Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was kicked off a flight and arrested in Kentucky early Monday morning. Jones was arrested at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport after police were called around 6am about an "unruly passenger" on a flight scheduled to depart, WLWT reports. The Boone County Jail says he was booked on misdemeanor counts of alcohol intoxication, disorderly conduct, and terroristic threatening, per the AP.

When Jones was released hours later, he told WKRC that he had been kicked off the flight after a dispute over a phone charger at his seat that didn't work. Jones firmly denied being drunk or threatening. The 39-year-old said he had been on his way to New Jersey for the Monday Night Football game. "I'm hurt, this is embarrassing," he told WLWT. Jones said that when he asked a flight attendant to change his seat, he was told the plane would have to turn around.

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Jones was arrested and suspended numerous times during a 12-year NFL career that ended with the Denver Broncos in 2018. In recent years, his legal troubles have continued with multiple incidents in the Cincinnati area, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. In 2021, he pleaded no contest to assault charges after punching and kicking a nightclub security guard. (More Adam "Pacman" Jones stories.)

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