Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones was found not guilty on Tuesday of an assault charge accusing him of punching a woman in the head at a nightclub.
A Hamilton County Municipal Court visiting judge heard the case after Jones waived a jury trial. The misdemeanor count carries a possible sentence of up to six months in jail upon conviction.
Jones was accused of hitting Shannon Wesley outside a downtown Cincinnati nightclub and was arrested in June. He had pleaded not guilty and been released on his own recognizance.
The judge heard more than two hours of testimony from Wesley on Tuesday.
Wesley said Jones punched her in the head with a closed fist, knocking her to the ground. But she also said the punch came after she poured beer on Jones’ arm in an attempt to get him to leave her and her friends alone.
Wesley said Jones was aggressive and called her and the other women names preceded by adjectives including “sloppy” and “fat.”
“We were scared,” she said.
Jones’ attorney says Jones was the victim.
Jones still could be punished by the Nation Football League under its conduct policy.