Trash talking in the heat of professional-level competition is one thing, but threatening someone’s livelihood outside of the game is quite another. That is reportedly exactly what NFL problem-child Adam “Pacman” Jones did to wide receiver David Nelson during the Bengals’ 49-9 blowout of the New York Jets on Sunday.
According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, Jones told Nelson, “I’m going to find out where you live and come and get you.”
Jones’ words were uttered in retaliation to what he saw as several cheap shots taken by Nelson.
Following the game, Jones also told Bengals.com that he hopes the league hands down multiple fines.
“(Nelson) was playing dirty. He cut me like four times after the play. Thank God I took my medicine today – I guess – and I didn’t go off. Hopefully, he’ll get fined. At least three fines. There were three real cheap shots after the play.”
The two players both had solid days. Nelson hauled in eight receptions for 80 yards, while Jones’ highlight came on a 60-yard interception returned for a touchdown.
Hearing about Jones getting himself into some sort of trouble is nothing new. He was forced to sit out the entire 2007 season following various run-ins with the law.
Nelson was also forced to sit out most of a year, but for a different reason. He missed the majority of the 2012 season after he tore his ACL while playing with the Buffalo Bills. Seeing as he has only very recently recovered from a devastating knee injury, it is hard to see how Nelson would be going after the knees of others in the league.
The NFL reviews all game footage and will decide whether Jones’ complaints are valid. Even if Nelson receives a fine from the league, there’s no excuse for threatening an opponents safety, especially off the field.