CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Bengals veteran cornerback Adam Jones reported to training camp on Thursday like the rest of his teammates, but unlike every other player in the locker room, Jones knew the media would be waiting at his locker for a response to his one-game suspension.
"I take all accountability with what I did and my actions," Jones said. "I accept the one-game suspension. I'm happy to be here and ready to move on."
For the first time since his transgressions this offseason, Jones wasn't combative or defensive. He stood there and calmly answered every question.
"Motivation, for me, is through the roof when you have a guy upstairs that stands up for you. I haven't been around a guy like that in my lifetime, speaking of Mr. Brown. As you can see, it's a little touchy for me. I'm eager to lead by example and I'm eager to put the pressure on myself to lead the other guys to be better."
Jones will serve a one-game suspension for the season opener against the Ravens for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy this offseason following an arrest in January.
Team owner Mike Brown has stood behind Jones since the arrest and told FOX19 NOW this week, he didn't regret doing so.
"I talk to every day at practice. The respect and love that I have for Mr. Brown is undeniable," Jones said with tears welling up in his eyes. "Words can't express the gratitude of how I feel about him. in my heart that I have someone that understands me as a person and isn't quick to judge."
Jones, 33, still has two years left on his contract with the Bengals. He implied on Thursday that he would like to play four more years of professional football. He will lose more than $400,000 for his suspension in week one. That, combined with the Bengals' first losing record since 2010 and the stories written about the Bengals pro bowl cornerback this offseason, is motivation enough to get things right in 2017.
"I've always thrived off the little things. I'd be lying to you if I told that I don't read half of the s***that you all write. I do, because at the end of the day, I have this little thing in the back of my head telling me to prove every last one of you all wrong. Motivation comes in all different forms. I like winning. I've always been like that. I love to compete to prove you guys wrong to make you write something different."