Football

Pacman Jones eyes suspension loophole

Tennesee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones is hoping his season-long suspension doesn't prohibit him from training camp or pre-season games.

Tennesee Titans cornerback Adam (Pacman) Jones is hoping he has found a loophole in his season-long suspension, one that will let him take part in training camp and pre-season games.

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, maintains the suspension applies only to the regular-season and post-season.

"We are optimistic that Pac will get to participate in training camp and play in pre-season games," Huyghue told reporters on Tuesday.

"We don't want to get ahead of ourselves. That's a determination the commissioner is going to make."

NFL rules dictate that Jones must sit out 10 games before Goodell can review the suspension, which will cost Jones about $1.3 million US in salary.

After being suspended, he 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.

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 draftedsixth overall by the Titans in 2005.

On special teams, he has returned 63 kickoffs for 1,648 yards and 63 punts for 712 yards.

With files from the Associated Press

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