No training camp for suspended Pacman Jones
The NFL reaffirmed Thursday that suspended cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones is prohibited from joining the Tennessee Titans for training camp and pre-season games.
"The request by Adam Jones to revise the terms of his suspension so that he can participate in training camp has been denied," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote in an e-mail.
Jones, 23, was suspended April 10 for the upcoming season by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell because of his off-field conduct.
But agent Michael Huyghue, who represents Jones, argued the suspension applies only to the regular season and post-season, so he requested the league let Jones take part in training camp and exhibition games.
"It's what we have expected throughout the off-season," Titans head coach Jeff Fisher said, "that he will not be permitted to participate in training camp and he will only be permitted to use the facility one day a week for treatment and counselling."
NFL rules dictate that Jones must sit out 10 games before Goodell can review the season-long suspension, which is costing him roughly $1.3 million US in salary.
"We have moved on," Fisher said. "We're looking forward to filling the holes.
"We feel like we've done so with the roster. Now we need to do so with production on the field."
After being suspended, Jones took out full-page ads in newspapers to apologize and promise to change his ways.
But police interviewed Jones 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.
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.
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 Lamorghini from another vehicle he owns.
On March 11, police arrested a man from Spring Hill, Tenn., who pulled a pocket knife on Jones at a bowling alley.
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.
The West Virginia product has totalled 94 tackles, four interceptions, three fumble recoveries, one sack and one touchdown in 30 games since being drafted sixth overall by the Titans in 2005.
On special teams, he has returned 63 kickoffs for 1,648 yards and 63 punts for 712 yards.