- Associated Press - Monday, October 7, 2013

CINCINNATI (AP) - The first day of the assault trial of Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones is over.

Jones is charged with assaulting a woman at a nightclub. Witness testimony began Monday after brief opening statements.

Jones has pleaded not guilty and was released on his own recognizance after his June arrest. He is accused of hitting a 34-year-old woman at a downtown Cincinnati nightclub. A police report listed the injury as apparently minor.

The trial is expected to continue Tuesday afternoon.


Aside from the legal outcome, Jones could be punished by the National Football League under its conduct policy.

Jones has had previous legal troubles and was suspended for the entire 2007 season and six games in 2008 following off-the-field incidents.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones punched a woman in the head after she poured beer on his shoulder to stop him from using profanity toward her and her friends, a prosecutor said Monday at the start of the player’s trial on an assault charge.

Jones is charged with misdemeanor assault stemming from the dispute outside a downtown Cincinnati bar on June 5. Jones’ attorney told the judge who will decide the case that the player was defending himself and that the woman struck first.

Assistant City Prosecutor Christopher Ryan said 34-year-old Shannon Wesley poured the beer because she was not going to tolerate the insults being thrown at her and her friends by Jones.

“The blow caused her head to snap back,” he said, adding that the blow knocked Wesley to the ground.

Ryan said Wesley suffered bruises, scrapes and a headache.

But Jones’ attorney, Ralph Kohnen, told the judge that Jones was the victim.

“The video says it all,” Kohnen said. “She physically assaulted Mr. Jones.”

Brooke Boling, a friend who was with Wesley that night, testified that Jones came up to the rail on the patio outside the bar and was insulting her and her friends and calling them foul names.

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