Titans bench Young, stop Pacman from wrestling

Friday, August 10, 2007 at 6:04pm

Vince Young will be held out of Saturday night’s preseason opener against the Washington Redskins for violating what Coach Jeff Fisher termed in a statement an “unspecified rule.”

The Titans lost 14-6 as Kerry Collins started in place of Young.

The Titans on Friday put a smackdown on Adam “Pacman” Jones’ wrestling career, obtaining a temporary restraining order to prevent Jones from wrestling in Sunday night’s pay-per-view event.

The team obtained the order in Williamson County Chancery Court on Friday afternoon against the cornerback, who has been suspended for the entire 2007 NFL season.

Jones was scheduled to take part in Hard Justice in Orlando, Fla., on Sunday as part of his deal with Total Non-Stop Action wrestling.

Williamson County Chancellor Robert E. Lee Davies on Friday consented to a motion brought by Tennessee Football, Inc. – the owner of the Titans – to block Jones from “providing any ‘wrestling’ or ‘performing services’ to TNA as wrestler, spectator, announcer, participant or otherwise.”

The injunction sought to immediately prevent Jones from participating in Sunday’s event. Moreover, the Titans appear to be moving to prevent Jones from wrestling altogether as long as he remains under contract.

Citing his NFL player contract, which Jones signed after he was picked sixth overall by the Titans in the 2005 draft, Tennessee Football wrote in its court brief that Jones agreed “not to engage in any activity other than football which may involve a significant risk of personal injury.”

NFL contracts contain language that prevents a player from taking part in risky ventures such as skydiving, snowboarding or other events where a player might sustain a serious injury.

Despite the injunction, TNA public relations manager Stephen Godfrey indicated that Jones would still be present as planned at the Hard Justice event this weekend.

“As far as matters relating to Adam Jones and his NFL contract, you will have to contact his attorneys,” Godfrey said. “But he is still planning to attend the Hard Justice pay-per-view event on Sunday as scheduled.”

Efforts to reach Jones’ attorneys Warrick Robinson and Manny Arora were unsuccessful.

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By: PJ66 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Now here's an irony... http://nashvilleblotter.blogspot.com/2007/08/now-heree-irony.html

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Good for the Titans, if Jones really wanted to turn things around, he would lay low. He HAS to be in the spotlight. He is trying to thumb his nose at Goodell and the Titans. I don't ever see him playing for us again and if convicted, he will never play in the NFL again.

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

The National Football League suspended Adam “Pacman” Jones and as a result, if the Titans are not paying Jones, then it does not matter whether he engages in any activity that potentially may harm him physically. There is no loss suffered by either the NFL or the Titans. No play, no pay. No harm, no foul.It would appear only equitable that Jones seeks to earn his livelihood elsewhere. Otherwise, the Titans are guilty of interfering with Jones attempting top earn a livelihood.

By: serr8d on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I'm with you, Plant. Gotta pay the bills somewhow.I don't think he'll play much NFL level stuff anymore, so why not?And, from reading the article, the TRO is overly broad...preventing him from announcing, or even spectating. What harm can come to him from announcing or spectating? Seems a good lawyer can get the whole TRO thrown out, because of it's sheer bredth.Personally, I wouldn't mind seeing some 350-lb wrestler throw Pac around for a bit, maybe sit on his face...