- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 18, 2012

CINCINNATI (AP) - Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones pleaded guilty Wednesday to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.

Jones entered the plea in Hamilton County Municipal Court just as his non-jury trial was scheduled to begin. A second misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest was dismissed in a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Judge Brad Greenberg ordered Jones to serve a year of probation, complete 50 hours of community service and pay a $250 fine plus court costs. Jones could have received a maximum jail sentence of 30 days.

Jones, 28, was accused in court documents of being disorderly, shouting profanities and trying to pull away as officers arrested him at a downtown bar in July.

At the time, Jones was on probation in Las Vegas in connection with a 2007 no contest plea to a strip club melee that left three people wounded. He was ordered in November to perform an additional 75 hours of community service for violating that probation with the Cincinnati arrest.

Jones apologized in court to police for his conduct and said he realized that he “could have handled it a whole lot better.” The judge told Jones that he did not know how “someone with your ability risks your career with this type of behavior.”

Assistant City Solicitor Karla Burtch said Jones repeatedly approached officers “aggressively.”

Jones said he was just trying to protect his fiancee.

“This is unprofessional behavior,” Greenberg said. He told Jones that if he wanted to be regarded as a professional, “you need to act like one at all times.”

Neither Jones nor his attorney would comment after court.

Bengals spokesman Jack Brennan said Jones “handled this issue in a responsible manner, and we support both the legal system and his efforts to put this behind him.”

The NFL did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

Jones will be a free agent after completing his second season with Cincinnati, which gave him a chance to continue his career.

Tennessee made Jones the sixth overall pick in 2005. He started 28 games in his first two seasons with the Titans, but repeated arrests scuttled his career. He missed the entire 2007 season with the first of two suspensions from the league.

The Titans traded Jones to Dallas before the 2008 draft. An alcohol-related altercation with a bodyguard that the Cowboys provided cost him another six-game suspension.

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