The Cincinnati Bengals have had their hands full with cornerback Adam Jones since signing him in 2010. They are a very patient organization when comes to Jones and his off-field shenanigans.
Jones, who will be serving a one-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy, opened up about his feelings regarding team owner Mike Brown.
“When you have a guy upstairs that stands up for you, that sticks up for the players — I haven’t been around a guy like that in my lifetime, speaking of Mr. Brown,” Jones said, via Katherine Terrell of ESPN.com. “So I’m very eager to be the best and make sure our group is the best. As you can see, it’s a little touching for me. . . .
“The respect and the love that I have for Mr. Brown is undeniable. Words can’t express the gratitude of how I feel about him. . . . Words can’t explain. I can’t explain . . . that I have somebody that understands me as a person and that’s not quick to judge.”
Jones was arrested in January and pleaded guilty in May to a misdemeanor obstruction charge after felony charges were dropped.
As for Brown, he must have a soft spot for Jones. He admitted in March that he might be “overly tolerant” when it comes to Jones and his off-field behavior.
Despite everything, Jones’ job is safe and likely will be until 33 year-old corner finally decides it’s time to call it quits. For now though, he is taking full responsibility for his latest actions.
“I take all accountability for what I did and my actions and my words,” Jones said. “So I accept it, the one-game suspension. I’m ready to move on, man.”
Here’s to hoping that Jones can be a model citizen all season long.