View Full Version : Pacman Jones cuffed for 45 minutes before being released for mistaken identity

Basketball Fan
10-11-2010, 12:32 AM
This could be a major lawsuit... and really I'm aware of how Cincy cops roll.


Agent: Pacman Jones cuffed 45 minutes before being released
Posted by Mike Florio on October 10, 2010 9:40 PM ET
Earlier tonight, the Bengals told us that cornerback Pacman Jones was arrested and released in a case of mistaken identity. Jones' agent, Thomas Hunter, has provided more details.

Jones was involved in a minor automobile accident after Sunday's game between the Buccaneers and the Bengals. Jones remained at the scene due to the possibility of a pedestrian injury. When police arrived, Jones identified himself. Police discovered an outstanding felony warrant for "Adam Jones". Before confirming that Adam "Pacman" Jones is the same Adam Jones for whom police were looking, the Pacman version of Adam Jones was handcuffed.

Hunter tells us that Jones told the police they were mistaken, but that the police didn't accept his explanation. Jones remained in handcuffs for 45 minutes before being placed in a cruiser and driven from the scene. Then, two blocks later, the police abruptly acknowledged the error and released him.

Don't be surprised if Pacman makes a stink over this one, and we think he should.

"It was a stupid thing that deprived him of his liberty and embarrassed him and humiliated him in front of everybody," Hunter said. "Everybody saw him being arrested."

Indeed, photos of Jones in handcuffs and sitting on a sidewalk quickly migrated to the Internet, along with widespread accounts of Jones being arrested.

And before any of you claim that Pacman shouldn't be upset because he has extensive experience riding in the back of a police car, what would you think if police assumed you were "wanted" and arrested you without first being damn sure they had the right person?

The obligation to get it right becomes even more important when dealing with common names like "Jones".

So we think Pacman should demand answers on this one. If it happened to any of us, we sure as heck would.

10-11-2010, 01:56 AM
that sucks for him after all the dumb things he has done seems like he is turning his life around.

10-11-2010, 05:46 AM
I usually like to give law enforcement the benefit of the doubt. But it's a good point that they should have been a little more cautious, especially with such a common name.

Trader Joe
10-11-2010, 08:48 AM
Benefit of the doubt? You shouldn't handcuff people and toss em in the back of the squad car to take them to jail unless you're 100% sure.

At the very least, there should be some suspensions without pay handed down to the officers involved.

10-11-2010, 10:16 AM
As much as I dislike Jones, this situation was wrong.

10-11-2010, 06:03 PM
Did they think Pacman Jones was an NBA player/ played for the Pacers? Is that the mistaken identity?


Los Angeles
10-12-2010, 11:46 AM
I get holding onto him until his identity was established. Seems like an odd turn of events after that.