Far, far away from the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones was learning about his future – not from scouts or team executives but a Las Vegas judge.
Considering everything he’s gone through in his troubled career, Jones got good news Friday: a year’s probation, 200 hours of community service and anger management counseling for his role in a 2007 strip club melee that left one man partially paralyzed and two others wounded.
According to the Las Vegas Sun, Judge Douglas Herndon gave Jones a 12-month suspended sentence in the Clark County Detention Center but granted him probation for one year.
Jones, 27, will also be subject to random drug testing and will face a status check in six months to see if he’s following the sentencing guidelines.
Jones, who was wearing a neck brace as a result of an injury he received last season, said he was relieved the four-year-old case was finally over.
“I'm happy I finally got everything behind me,” he said. “This has been a long, long haul and has affected a lot of families. It has affected me personally.”
Jones was suspended by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for the 2007 as a result of the incident, so it’s unlikely he’ll face any additional punishment. But his career is another matter. He played in just five games for the Bengals last season and had one interception, but it’s doubtful they’ll bring him back.
So even though he’s in the clear in his criminal case, Jones’ future remains unknown.