Charges of public drunkenness and disorderly conduct against suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones were dismissed Thursday in Rutherford County General Sessions Court by Judge David Loughry.
The charges stemmed from an August 2006 incident at a Murfreesboro nightclub, in which Jones claimed his wallet was stolen. Later, he was accused of cursing and being belligerent to a police officer, which resulted in charges being filed.
Last January, a judge told Jones the charges in Murfreesboro would be retired if he did not have any more incidents until July 2007, but he was later charged with felony coercion as a result of a Las Vegas strip club fight in February that later escalated into a triple-shooting.
Jones eventually pleaded no contest to a gross misdemeanor charge of conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct.
Those charges led the case in Rutherford County to be revisited, but it was decided to leave the original plea agreement in place.
Prosecutor William Whitesell explained his rationale in asking Loughry to allow the original agreement to be upheld.
“We had agreed about this time last year that if he would pay the court costs and go through the counseling that the NFL required for him, and not have any other situations for six months that the charges would be dropped,” Whitesell said. “During that time he had a situation in Vegas where he faced charges, but those charges were disposed of as of a couple of months ago.
“I felt like that with the charges there and him being suspended from the NFL and losing a year’s salary that he had already been punished far more than this court could have punished him. It had been nearly 18 months since the original charge, and I just felt like it was time for this case to be over.”
According to Whitesell, Jones’ attorneys had argued that he had not committed any crime on the night in question, but both sides agreed apparently that Jones had acted inappropriately.
Regarding his actions, Jones sent a letter of apology to the police officer involved and also apologized in his court appearance on Thursday.
“I have had several opportunities to speak with the district attorney’s office, and they thought Mr. Jones had been compliant with all the terms of his probation,” Jones’ attorney Worrick Robinson said. “They were aware of the situation in Las Vegas, but they felt that especially since he had had no other incidents in Rutherford County and the fact that he had apologized to the officer that there was no reason to pursue the case further.”
Other than civil lawsuits pending in Las Vegas from the three shooting victims, Jones had only one more case pending against him, a 2006 charge of obstruction of a police officer in Georgia that is scheduled for March.
Jones’ case for reinstatement to the NFL is expected to be reviewed by Commissioner Roger Goodell after the Pro Bowl.
Robinson said he expects a hearing will be held — likely in New York — for Jones and his representatives to meet with Goodell and discuss the case for reinstatement into the NFL before a decision is rendered.
“Most likely, a meeting will take place to discuss all the events over the past eight months or so, and that there are certain expectations for Mr. Jones to comply with, and that will be part of the discussion,” Robinson said.