FOX19 - The smell of football is in the air. Unfortunately, when it comes to the Bengals, so is the smell of controversy. Again.
Bengals owner Mike Brown talked to reporters this week. He's defending the one game suspension of Adam Jones, hoping fans will understand.
He's referring to the incident caught on tape where Jones was berating a police officer - saying he hoped the officer dies.
Mike Brown says Jones has paid a real price: time in jail, suspended without pay and publicly shamed. Brown says Jones embarrassed himself, the team, and the whole national football league.
He didn't mention that Jones also embarrassed the fans - The same fans that have stood behind the Bengals time after time of public embarrassments. A one game suspension? Really, it's a slap on the wrist.
Consider this: Bengals football is important in Cincinnati. We'd all love to get back to watching the game and the players without having to watch the controversy.
Let's hope this season we see more end zone celebrations for the Bengals and fewer mug shots.