Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Updated: November 7, 10:21 AM ET
Commissioner won't reduce Jones' season-long ban
ESPN.com news services
It probably wasn't a good sign for Adam "Pacman" Jones that Tank Johnson and Chris Henry had to serve their entire suspensions. He'll have to do the same.
The NFL issued a statement on Tuesday, saying: "Commissioner Goodell notified Adam Jones today that his suspension will remain unchanged and will continue through the remainder of the 2007 season. He will be eligible to begin working out at the Titans' facility following the conclusion of the team's season."
The league suspended the Titans cornerback in April for violating the league's personal conduct policy, and the commissioner promised to review the case after Tennessee's 10th game. Jones had met with the commissioner last week in New York,
pleading for some leniency and an early return.
The Titans, who have replaced their best defensive player,
had been expecting the suspension to stand.
"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 team said in a statement. "We
will continue to monitor his situation and will address his future
when he is reinstated by the commissioner."
Attorney Worrick Robinson said Jones received a letter from the
NFL notifying him of the commissioner's decision earlier Tuesday.
They planned to talk further Tuesday night and a formal statement
may follow Wednesday.
"He is very disappointed," Robinson said. "We're looking at
said in August during a visit with the Titans that Jones had an
opportunity before the Titans' 10th game to "do the right thing to
earn your way back onto the field."
"I've often said it's not about what you say, it's about what
you do. It's your actions, and I think the actions are the things
that will have to determine that," Goodell said then.
Since Jones stopped appealing the suspension, he has been
arrested for the sixth time since the Titans drafted him in April
2005. He was charged with two felony counts of coercion in the Feb.
19 fight at a Las Vegas strip club that led to a triple shooting
with one man paralyzed.
He signed with a Nashville-based wrestling company and became a
tag team champion despite a legal agreement with the Titans that
prevents him from activities that could injure him. He gave
hundreds of tickets to Georgia school children to watch him at a
wrestling pay-per-view in October.
Another criminal case is pending, a felony count of obstruction
in Georgia from a February 2006 arrest.
Johnson and Henry were recently activated by the Cowboys and Bengals, respectively, after serving their suspensions.
With Jones on the roster in 2006, the Titans ranked last in the
NFL in yards allowed. Without him, the Titans currently rank second
in total defense and first against the run. They replaced him by
signing veteran Nick Harper and second-year cornerback
Cortland Finnegan developed into a starter.
They also have plenty of depth with Reynaldo Hill and
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.