NFC East: Tommy Jones
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
As most of you know, the Cowboys have completed their internal investigation of the Adam "Pacman" Jones incident from late Tuesday evening. Even though owner Jerry Jones has claimed several times that the cornerback has used up his "benefit of the doubt collateral," the Cowboys decided not to take any disciplinary action.
Jones called Pacman's behavior an "aberration," which is an interesting word choice to describe a man who has required police intervention 13 times since entering the NFL. In one of the most bizarre (but wonderful) news conferences in club history, Jerry Jones provided intimate details of the "little umbrella-type thing" that was broken in the men's bathroom at the trendy Joule Hotel in downtown Dallas. Jones said Pacman and his bodyguard, Tommy Jones, were just "jiving" and having fun before things got serious.
"It crossed over to more than that," he said. "And it ended quickly."
Now, my former colleague Calvin Watkins of the Dallas Morning News has had a chance to talk to some folks who said they witnessed the incident. James Shepherd, who owns several record stores, had been invited to the private party by Ludacris' record label. He said he walked in the men's bathroom Tuesday evening and saw Pacman and his girlfriend having some type of argument.
"As soon as I opened the door, I saw him arguing with a female," said Shepherd, a Grand Prairie resident. "One of the people from the hotel grabbed me from the back and pulled me away. He was yelling at her and he had his finger all in her face."
A source close to Pacman denied that the argument took place. On Wednesday in the Cowboys locker room, defensive tackle Tank Johnson would neither confirm nor deny whether he also attended the event. I've since found out that Johnson and safety Roy Williams were both attending the event. Johnson would only say that the story had been "blown out of proportion."
Jerry Jones spent a great deal of time Wednesday trying to establish that the incident occurred at about 11 p.m. Tuesday, and not 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, as had been reported. Honestly, why does it matter? The fact that the altercation took place a couple hours earlier doesn't make Pacman look that much better.
Would the Cowboys have handled the internal investigation the exact same way if starting cornerback Terence Newman was healthy for Sunday's game? I'll let you guys decide that.
Jean-Jacques Taylor doesn't think anyone should feel sorry for Pacman if he's suspended by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Like a lot of people, Jacques thought people like Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin would be able to point Pacman in the right direction. Perhaps even living 40 miles away from the city would help. But it obviously hasn't.
Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Cowboys coach Wade Phillips presides over the most vanilla news conferences in the league, but things got entertaining earlier Thursday. Reporters demanded answers regarding the Adam "Pacman" Jones incident late Tuesday evening, and at one point the laid-back Phillips raised his voice in anger. It made for great theater.
We're waiting for Jerry Jones to provide "the facts," but while we do, here's the Best of Wade:
Earlier today, Phillips addressed the Pacman situation with players and told them not to let it become a distraction. He also said that Pacman apologized to his teammates this morning. Will this be a distraction, Wade?
"This team from the get-go, that's what we emphasized," he said. "Everybody said the HBO deal was going to be a distraction. ... We've got to focus and go forward, and not let things like this bother us."
Oops. Jerry Jones is speaking now. Jones just said that Pacman was not mentioned in the police report. He also said that the only thing damaged in the hotel bathroom was a "little umbrella-type thing."
Folks, this is high comedy. Jerry's now saying that "kidding" and "jiving" took place leading up to the altercation in the Joule Hotel bathroom. Asked if he's upset with Pacman, the Cowboys owner said, "I'm very disappointed that we're having to deal with this."
He also said that Pacman is "on a high-wire without a net," which is an interesting phrase, since he's currently offering him the net. I knew where this thing was heading. Jerry's basically trying to put this on Pacman's bodyguard.
He said the bodyguard, Tommy Jones, "was an individual that was sitting there to keep [an incident] from happening. We need to get better and understand about the role that is there," Jerry said about the bodyguard that he's personally paying to watch over his player.
Jerry also mentioned that this incident would've never happened around the "cows and cattle" located near Pacman's new home in Prosper, Texas. This is getting deep.
Moments ago, Jerry said this incident was an "apparition." This is shocking news, because I had no clue ghosts were involved in the incident. Maybe this was a reference to the characters from the video game that inspired Pacman's nickname. You know, Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde.
OK, this is getting out of hand. Jerry is talking about Pacman and his bodyguard saying something "uncomplimentary" to each other, which led to the bathroom brawl. I'm going to take a break from Pacman coverage and write about Redskins left tackle Chris Samuels now.