Adam “Pac Man” Jones is no stranger to trouble as his football career as a whole was marred with off-the-field issues. His latest situation comes in retirement as he’s now been sentenced to a 30-day jail sentence for knocking out and then beating a man unconscious.
Nothing’s changed with Pac Man, who was also filmed in 2018 getting into it with a guy in an airport as his baby’s mother desperately tried to intervene.
This most recent incident took place at a bar in Cincinnati in February of this year. The original sentence was 180 days, but 150 of the days were suspended.
Pacman will also be sentenced to nine months of probation, with no alcohol consumption while having to follow a 9 p.m. curfew.
Jones Has A Very Checkered Past
This isn’t Jones’ first rodeo dealing with the law. He was always into something dating back to his days at West Virginia when he beat a man with a pool cue.
A lover of the nightlife, Jones has had multiple disorderly conduct and assault charges. His 2007 incident at a Las Vegas nightclub left a bouncer paralyzed; a dancer at the the club was also assaulted.
Back then, Jones was at the height of his popularity and used to frequent various strip clubs carrying large trash bags of single-dollar bills. As a result of the incident, Jones was suspended for an entire 2007 season and part of the 2008 season as well. He had a civil suit of $11 million levied against him, which he had to pay.
Pulled over by police time after time throughout his career, he once told an officer, “I hope you die tomorrow.”
Jones Was A Talented Player, But His Troubles Are What Most Remember
Jones never really lived up to expectations, considering how high he was drafted by the Tennessee Titans.
A good cornerback and even better returner, Jones can’t seem to shake a stigma surrounding about his off-the-field-issues. Jones was selected No.6 overall and showed the talent of a Top-10 pick in his first two seasons with four interceptions and 23 passes defended. Jones was also an über-talented kick and punt returner who had four return touchdowns while also gaining 1,618 yards on kick returns and 712 on punt returns.
When troubles for him start, it’s hard to shake that stigma and all that comes along with it. Jones had 17 interceptions (2 returned for TDs), 97 passes defended, seven forced fumbles, 509 combined tackles, one Pro-Bowl selection, one All-Star selection and a bunch of off-the-field turmoil in his tumultuous career. In 2011, Jones was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest? In 2013, he was accused of striking a woman at a Las Vegas strip club, a charge that was later dropped.
It was so easy to see that this type of thing would be happening to Pacman before he was even drafted with the fifth overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. He received probation after a fight in West Virginia while he was still playing for the Mountaineers. The troubles would predictably continue with an arrest in July 2005 for assault and felony vandalism at a nightclub in Nashville.
In September 2005, Jones had a tantrum outside of the annual Nashville Sports Council luncheon after being told he had to wait in line for his vehicle. He reportedly did not pay the valet, claiming he was broke.
A February 2006 arrest for marijuana possession was dismissed, replaced by charges of felony and misdemeanor obstruction of justice followed by the August 2006 arrest on disorderly conduct and public intoxication after an altercation in which he spat on a woman he accused of stealing his wallet.
That got him six more months’ probation. It was never-ending.
There were moments when Jones appeared to be getting his life in order and maturing, but they were short-lived.
Jones Adopts Children of Former Teammate Chris Henry
On a Fox Sports Podcast, Jones revealed that he’d adopted former college teammate Chris Henry’s sons early this year. Jones and Henry were teammates at West Virginia in 2003 and 2004. Henry passed away in 2009 after he fell off the back of a pickup truck during a dispute with his girlfriend. Henry was diagnosed with chronic CTE, following a brain scan after his death.
Jones says he and the boys are close and show love as much as possible.
“We love each other hard. We cry together, we pray together. We do everything together over here,” he said, adding that both of Henry’s sons are “unbelievable athletes.”
There was a time when Jones was getting props from the public for changing his life around.
Jones is a complex person. His teammates loved him. He’s proven to have a good heart. Trouble seems to find him like a Black cloud hovering over his life, stopping him from achieving his true blessings.
Not much has changed when it comes to run-ins with the law and confrontation with people.