Sunday, October 12, 2008
Pacman apologizes to Cowboys for controversial hotel incident
By Ed Werder
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- After their last full practice of the week Friday, Cowboys cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones huddled the team around him on the field.
Then he apologized for bringing unintended controversy to the Cowboys and vowed such an incident would not happen again.
Linebacker Bradie James -- one of the defensive captains -- met with Jones one-on-one and warned him not to alienate a team that has embraced him despite his troubled history.
James said Jones was extremely focused during the week, had his best practices and feels he needs to repay teammates for their support.
Jones was involved in a physical confrontation at an upscale downtown Dallas hotel late Tuesday night alongside a bodyguard provided by the Cowboys.
The Cowboys announced this week they had investigated the matter and wouldn't be taking disciplinary measures against Jones.
The NFL said Friday its review of the incident would be completed sometime this week.
According to two Cowboys sources, the team would receive a fifth-round pick from the Titans if Jones is suspended for any games by commissioner Roger Goodell when the league completes its investigation.
The Cowboys sent a 2008 fourth-round pick to Tennessee and a 2009 fourth-rounder to acquire Jones this offseason. But the Titans had to give up a 2009 fifth-round selection if Jones missed any games because of a suspension.
Because in the NFL no team had ever traded for a player serving a suspension, the Cowboys made a fourth-round 2009 draft choice included in the trade conditional upon Jones being available to play the entire season if healthy.
At the time, the Cowboys were protecting themselves against the possibility Jones might not be reinstated for the beginning of the season, as well as addressing concerns that any misbehavior could result in disciplinary measures that would take him off the field.
Ed Werder covers the NFL for ESPN.