No leniency for suspended Pacman Jones
Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Joneswas toldTuesday that his season-long suspension won't be shortened.
Jones, 23, reportedly pleaded for a little leniency in last Friday's meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who refused to reduce the one-year suspension levied April 10 for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
Jones has been arrested several times since being drafted sixth overall by the Titans in 2005.
"As we have said all through this process, we understood the suspension was for a year and made preparations to move our team forward without Adam Jones," the Titans said in a statement. "We will continue to monitor his situation, and will address his future when he is reinstated by the commissioner."
NFL rules allow suspensions to be reviewed 10 games into a team's season, but Goodell consented to meet Jones eight games in.
But the commissioner wasn't convinced to reinstate Jones, whose idea of community service was providing Atlanta students with tickets to a Total Nonstop Action Wrestling pay-per-view event in which he was competing.
"He will be eligible to begin working out at the Titans facility following the conclusion of the team's season," Goodell said in a statement.
Interviewed 10 times by police
Jones reportedly has been interviewed 10 times by authorities since turning pro, and he was charged with two felony counts of coercion stemming from a Feb. 19 melee and triple shooting at a Las Vegas strip club that left an employee paralyzed from the waist down.
Jones, who is accused of issuing death threats and biting a bouncer on the ankle, faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted on both charges.
On Feb. 1, a Nashville judge dismissed assault charges against Jones, who was accused of spitting in a woman's face at a club last Oct. 26.
Jones also was charged in February 2006 with felony obstruction of police after allegedly biting a Fayetteville, Ga., officer on the hand.
After being suspended by the NFL on April 10, Jones took out full-page ads in newspapers to apologize, and promised to change his ways.
But he was ticketed May 11 by Nashville police for speeding and, one month later, received several citations when he switched the plates on his orange Lamborghini from another vehicle he owns.
Jones was later interviewed by police regarding a June 18 shooting incident several blocks from an Atlanta strip club that he attended earlier that night, believing that his entourage may have been involved in a drive-by shooting.
The West Virginia product has totalled 94 tackles, four interceptions, three fumble recoveries, one sack and one touchdown in 30 NFL games with Tennessee, plus returned 63 kickoffs for 1,648 yards and 63 punts for 712 yards.
With files from the Associated Press