Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Attorney says Jones has finished alcohol counseling, awaits decision
ESPN.com news services
Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones has completed the requirements for alcohol counseling, as mandated by the NFL following his latest violation of the league's personal conduct policy.
Jones' attorney, Worrick Robinson, said Jones has returned to Dallas and is awaiting a ruling from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on the possibility of reinstatement.
"I have been in contact with the commissioner's office since last week, and they are reviewing Adam's unique situation. There is no timetable for a decision. He is glad to be back in Dallas," Robinson wrote ESPN's Ed Werder in a series of text messages Tuesday.
"Adam is feeling good about himself and his ability to contribute if allowed to return, but he has used these several days to focus on his personal issues. But he's anxious to return to his friends and family with the Cowboys. I'm cautiously optimistic because he has done everything he was asked to do by the league and his treatment providers," Robinson wrote.
Jones' latest violation of the league's personal conduct policy
stemmed from an alcohol-related scuffle Oct. 7 with one of his
bodyguards at a private party in Dallas.
When Goodell issued Jones' suspension last month, he
said the ban would be reviewed after four games -- the
fourth was Sunday, when the Cowboys played the Washington Redskins. Jones took part in a program in the Boston area during the month while he wasn't playing.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Oct. 21 that Adam Jones had checked into an alcohol treatment facility "in another part of the country," and that it was "totally done through and by the NFL."
The league declined to comment at the time, but has said Adam Jones' reinstatement would depend on strict compliance with treatment plans and an evaluation by "clinical experts."
On Monday, league spokesman Greg Aiello, responding to inquiries about Adam Jones, said in an e-mail: "Nothing to report on it."
Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said Monday he didn't have any
"As far as I'm concerned right now, he's gone," Phillips said.
"We're preparing the players I have. If it turns out that he
does come back and he is ready, I'll prepare that."
In an interview Tuesday on the NFL Network, Goodell said he would be hearing later this week from professionals who have been evaluating Jones over the past month.
The commissioner said a decision with respect to Jones' status would be made "some time in the coming days."
Robinson said Jones will be establishing an outpatient relationship in Dallas as he continues with his program.
"He is staying true to his program, but he is also a 25-year-old young man who is a professional football player and he would like to return to his family, which is the Cowboys," Robinson told The Associated Press late Tuesday night. "He and I have had several discussions that the only thing he can control is what he's doing and how he's addressing his personal issues, and the rest of that is out of his control."
Although Jerry Jones has said the Cowboys would take Adam Jones back if he is reinstated, the team is somewhat pessimistic that will happen because of the anger Goodell expressed to the team when the player was suspended last month, a high-ranking team source told Werder.
Information from ESPN reporter Ed Werder and The Associated Press was used in this report.