Agent: Jones meets with Goodell, drops appeal

Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at 12:00am

Adam �Pacman� Jones has withdrawn the appeal of his one-year suspension after a private meeting this morning with Commissioner Roger Goodell, according to Jones� agent Michael Huyghue.

�He had a private meeting with the commissioner this morning and explained why he had wanted the appeal, but he has decided to accept the punishment and go forward,� Huyghue told The City Paper.

Jones attorney Manny Arora could not be reached for comment, but Worrick Robinson, one of Jones� attorneys based in Nashville, said he had no knowledge of the appeal being dropped.

Jones issued the following statement through Huyghue�s office on Tuesday.

�Last week I asked for an opportunity to speak privately with Commissioner Goodell. I met with him earlier today to tell him about the steps I have taken to change my life since being suspended from the National Football League.

�I accept the discipline that has been imposed on me, and I told the Commissioner today that I am withdrawing my appeal. I understand my responsibilities to my teammates, the Tennessee Titans, and our fans, and I am committed to turning my life around and being a positive member of the NFL going forward.�

Goodell originally suspended Jones for a full year on April 10 with the stipulation that he could apply for reinstatement after 10 games if he complied with certain guidelines and stayed trouble free.

Jones appealed the suspension back to Goodell, citing 280 other players being arrested over the past seven years and the inconsistency with their punishment versus what he received.

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