Tom Sorensen

Reporter offers a legitimate question, and Bengals’ Pacman Jones, again, takes a bite

Cincinnati Bengals NFL player Adam “Pacman” Jones speaks to reporters as he is released from the Hamilton County Justice Center in Cincinnati. Jones faces three misdemeanor charges, including assault, but no longer is charged with a felony for a January confrontation, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced on March 22.
Cincinnati Bengals NFL player Adam “Pacman” Jones speaks to reporters as he is released from the Hamilton County Justice Center in Cincinnati. Jones faces three misdemeanor charges, including assault, but no longer is charged with a felony for a January confrontation, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced on March 22. AP

A problem with Pacman Jones is that he can’t help being Pacman Jones.

The Cincinnati Bengals cornerback said in the team’s locker room Monday that he didn’t want to talk about going to court.

In a Cincinnati hotel during the offseason Jones allegedly pushed a security guard and poked him in the eye, kicked and headbutted a police officer and spit on a nurse. Charges are pending, and Jones pleaded not guilty.

A television reporter asked Jones what fans should think.

Jones, who is 33, snapped, telling the reporter to get away from him and get out of the locker room. Jones walked away and then walked back, screaming at and berating the man.

The question the reporter asked was legitimate. It’s not as if Jones has a deed to the conversation.

The question is better asked one-on-one because the subject is less likely to perform. But I don’t know if Pacman talks to reporters one on one.

After his offseason adventures, Jones said he was going through counseling for alcohol and anger management.

It is conceivable that the anger management counselor will not be able to put the celebrity football player on his resume.

Tom Sorensen is a retired Charlotte Observer columnist. Sign up for his newsletter, and follow him on Twitter: @tomsorensen

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