Bengals player Adam Jones lashes out during locker room interview
CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Bengals player Adam Jones went off on a reporter during the cornerback's first interview since his arrest in January.
The lashing out, which involved FOX19 NOW Sports Director Joe Danneman, happened after Danneman approached Jones for an interview during the Bengals first open locker room of the off-season.
Jones agreed to the interview but said he would not talk about his case, which is still pending with Hamilton County.
Other reporters joined the interview and Danneman asked Jones about how important it was for the team to stand by him following his off-season arrest on three misdemeanors, with a felony charge recently dropped by Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters.
"Words can't express my gratitude and feelings for the organization, Mr. Brown, coach Lewis, my teammates, the City of Cincinnati," Jones said. "This is home for me. I am very eager to be here. I don't take it for granted. I love playing football. I love helping the guys out and working together, I'm more than happy."
Later in the interview, Danneman followed up with the following question to Jones:
"I know you said you were thankful for the organization. Is there anything you have to show fans, have to prove to the fans for them to welcome you back since there were a lot of people upset with the way things went down in the off-season for you?"
Jones responded by kicking Danneman out of the interview and told him he would not do interviews with him the rest of the year.
"Didn't I just tell you don't ask me that?" Jones said. "You out this completely, turn around, go back, go back that way. Bye."
The interview then broke up and Danneman turned off his camera. Jones continued to lash out, raising his voice and using curse words.
"It wasn't my intention to create an uncomfortable situation with Adam, but my job as a journalist requires me to sometimes ask uncomfortable questions," Danneman said. "Adam clearly stated he didn't want me, or any other media members, to ask about his ongoing legal situation and I obliged. But, going forward, I think how Adam is perceived by the fan base is an important part of the story. I regret I've become a part of the story, but I don't regret asking the questions that I feel are important to our viewers."
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis spoke with Jones at his locker after the incident.
Jones reportedly started anger management and counseling following his Jan. 3 arrest.
Cincinnati Police arrested Jones after the Bengal allegedly become unruly at the Millennium Hotel. He's accused of pushing a security guard and poking his eye.
Cruiser cam video shows Jones on an expletive-ridden rant in the back of a cop car. He can be heard telling the officer to "suck my d***," and "I hope you die tomorrow."
The 33-year-old was also accused of spitting on a staff nurse at the Hamilton County jail as he was being booked. That charge, harassment with a bodily substance, was dropped in March.
Three other charges pending against Jones, obstructing official business, disorderly conduct and assault are pending in the Hamilton County Municipal Court.
In a March 29 tweet, Jones sent a personal message to his family and fans for "so much support and love."
"There are no words, to truly express what it means to me to be a part of a family that's has giving me & my family so much support and love," the message reads. "I truly don't take it for granted & I vow to continue to order my steps & continue to give you all, the best of me."
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