In his first interview with reporters in the locker room, Bengals cornerback Adam Jones ended up in a verbal altercation with Fox 19’s Joe Danneman over a question asked to him about the fans, Paul Dehner of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Jones asked not to talk about his case which is still pending with the city of Cincinnati. The first question in regards at all to the case asked how important it was to him to still be with this team and have the team stand behind him.
The corner answered without any issue.
“Words can’t express my gratitude and feelings for this 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.”
After three questions off topic, Danneman came back with this question which set Jones off.
“I know you said you were thankful for the organization, is there anything you have to show to 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 offseason for you?”
At that point, five minutes into his first interview of the season, Jones kicked Danneman out of the interview huddle and told him that would be his last interview of the year.
“Didn’t I just tell you don’t ask me that?” Jones said. “You out the (interview), turn around, go back, go back that way, see you. Next question.”
As all the reporters began to disperse the yelling from Jones grew louder and more combative. Jones walked past the reporter twice after that and continued to yell and curse at him.
This continues the tumultuous offseason for Jones. Upon announcing the dismissal of felony charges last month, Deters said his office received a letter from Jones’ physician that said: “Jones is doing well in treatment.” Jones has been in counseling and an anger management program, according to his attorneys.
Jones, 33, still faces three misdemeanor charges connected to a Jan. 2 incident at the Downtown Millennium Hotel that preceded the alleged incident at the jail. City prosecutors are handling the misdemeanor charges.