Paul Dehner Jr. of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Bengals veteran CB Adam Jones has been suspended one game for violating their personal conduct policy.
Jones now has three days to decide whether to appeal the league’s suspension.
This stems from Jones’ guilty plea for obstruction of official business stemming from a January 2017 incident.
The NFL explained to Jones that “extensive video documentation of the tone, tenor and nature of your interactions with law enforcement at the site of your arrest, during transportation to the jail, and during the booking process. As you acknowledged, your post-arrest words and actions reflected poorly on you and your family, the Cincinnati Bengals football club, and the NFL. While it is our understanding that appropriate apologies have been publicly extended, they do not completely negate your behavior and admission of culpability for the underlying conduct.”
The Bengals released the following statement regarding the news:
“The Bengals anticipated this result and are glad to finally put the matter behind is. Our focus is getting ready for the upcoming season. Adam will participate in training camp and we are counting on him to help our team when he returns from suspension.”
Jones, 33, is a former first-round pick by the Titans in the 2005 NFL Draft. He was in Tennessee for two years before serving a year-long suspension in 2007 for violating personal conduct policy. Jones later signed with the Cowboys for one season before landing a three-year deal with the Bengals.
Jones is in the second year of a three-year, $22 million contract that included $6 million guaranteed.
In 2016, Jones appeared in all 16 games for the Bengals and recorded 66 total tackles, one interception, seven pass defenses, and one forced fumble. Pro Football Focus graded him as the No. 36 overall cornerback out of 112 qualifying players.