NFL hesitant to reinstate Pacman

Friday, February 1, 2008 at 3:43pm

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell indicated Friday that Adam “Pacman” Jones’ suspension might not be lifted when it is reviewed sometime after the Pro Bowl.

Goodell, speaking at his annual press conference at the Super Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., was asked about Jones’ year-long suspension meted out last April.

Goodell said his original message to Jones with the suspension was for him to change his behavior, which, Goodell said, reflected poorly on the entire National Football League.

“If he needs more time to get that message, I can accommodate him,” Goodell told a media gathering Friday.

Jones had two misdemeanor charges dropped Thursday in Rutherford County, but still has an unresolved issue pending in Georgia from a 2006 incident. He pleaded no contest to a gross misdemeanor of conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct in Las Vegas last December, after originally being charged with two counts of felony coercion in a strip club fight last Feb. 19.

Jones was in an Atlanta area strip club on Jan. 3, 2008 after Goodell has repeatedly warned him to stay out of such environments. An initial charge of assault and battery, brought by a woman named Wanda Jackson, was withdrawn on Jan. 16, but the fact that Jones was present in such an establishment probably won’t win him any points with Goodell.

Jones' Atlanta-based attorney Manny Arora told The City Paper on Friday that those types of decisions could hurt the cornerback's bid to return.

"When someone tells you not to do something and you do it anyway, there are going to be consequences," Arora said.

Jones' representatives met with Titans officials earlier this week to discuss the cornerback’s situation once he is reinstated, and a trade or releasing him remains an option for the team.

Arora admitted Thursday night that the possibility exists that Jones will not be a Titan once he is reinstated.

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By: frank brown on 12/31/69 at 6:00

If this man is not re-instated I hope Pacman sues the NFL and I am on the jury.

By: tv8527 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I want them to throw the bum out. You can take the kid out of the ghetto but you can't take the ghetto out of the kid.He is a ghetto rat let him be an example.maybe that will save some of the rookies coming out in the future.

By: TharonChandler on 12/31/69 at 6:00

All Men are presumed innocent until proven guilty by a jury of their peers (supposedly, according to the most sacred doctrines of the founders of the USA), and I would have to classify Pac Man as a "man

By: TharonChandler on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Re:"the fact that Jones was present in such an establishment probably won’t win him any points with Goodell".That doesn't score him any points with me either, I deplore strip clubs. I like the kind of places where congenial women are partying calmly, with their clothes on, and then they might decide to start dating ya.

By: rottdog45 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

After you put your team, and the NFL through all the mess you created with lawsuits in vegas, hell no kick him to the curb, so him and his entourage can hang out in strip clubs and make it rain...

By: bfra on 12/31/69 at 6:00

When has this spitfaced thug ever given any reason to show he is a "man"? He spits on and punches women, how is that a "man"? Get rid of the punk as soon as possible!

By: global_citizen on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Tharon, we're not talking about a court of law or legal proceedings. Jones is subject to sanctions by the NFL. It's a private business conglomerate that can make it's own rule of conduct and administer punishment for those who don't behave. "Innocent until proven guilty" doesn't apply here.