Veteran cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones, who made as much news off the field as on it in a 14-year career, announced his retirement on social media.
Jones posted a video on his Instagram story which has expired, saying that “it’s official that I’m done with the NFL,” according to multiple reports. Now, his Instagram account includes a photo of a car and a message from Jones thanking a dealership for his “retirement gift,” as well as congratulations from followers on his career.
Jones, 35, appeared in seven games for the Denver Broncos last season, making two starts, and had an interception, three passes defensed and nine tackles. He also returned 10 punts and four kickoffs for Denver.
Before joining the Broncos, Jones spent eight seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, where he earned a First-Team All-Pro nod in 2014 and received a Pro Bowl selection in 2015. Jones’ career was noted by brushes with the law. He was arrested in February for disorderly conduct, public intoxication, intimidation and resisting arrest at the Rising Sun Casino in Indiana, located about 25 miles southwest of Cincinnati.
The Indiana Gaming Commission said its agents were called to the casino “to investigate a patron for possible cheating at a table game” and that Jones “immediately became verbally combative and disorderly with agents and casino staff.”
He was arrested in January 2017 for allegedly pushing a security guard and failing to comply with law enforcement. A video from the back of a police car showed Jones going on a tirade against the arresting officer and telling him “I hope you die tomorrow.” The NFL suspended Jones for the 2018 season opener after the incident.
He was charged with misdemeanor assault, disorderly conduct and obstructing official business, along with a felony charge of harassment with a bodily substance for spitting on the hand of a nurse while being booked.
The prosecutor declined to pursue the felony charge, and all other charges were dropped except obstructing official business, to which Jones pleaded guilty.
Jones, who joined the Bengals in 2010, turned his career around in Cincinnati after it almost ended when he was suspended for the entire 2007 season after an incident in a Las Vegas nightclub that resulted in a man being paralyzed. Jones was later ordered to pay $12 million in damages to the victim.
He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the first round of the 2005 draft and played one season for the Dallas Cowboys in 2008.
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