'Pacman' Jones drops appeal

'Pacman' Jones drops appeal

'Pacman' Jones drops appeal
June 12, 2007

NEW YORK (AP) -Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam ``Pacman'' Jones withdrew the appeal of his suspension Tuesday and will serve the one-year term imposed by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

``I understand my responsibilities to my teammates, the Titans and my fans and I am committed to turning my life around and being a positive member of the NFL,'' Jones said in a statement issued by his agent.

Jones met with Goodell at NFL headquarters Tuesday and was accompanied to New York by agent Michael Huyghue.

``Last week, I asked for an opportunity to meet privately with commissioner Goodell,'' Jones said in the statement. ``I met with him earlier today to tell him about the steps I have taken to change my life since being suspended by the NFL. I accept the discipline that's been imposed on me and I am withdrawing my appeal.''

Goodell suspended Jones on April 10 for a series of off-field episodes. He has been interviewed by police 10 times and been arrested five times since he was drafted in 2005. Jones and his attorneys appealed the suspension May 11. It could be reduced to 10 games if Jones meets all the restrictions set by Goodell.

Huyghue said Jones intended to keep working out and would go back to school, taking courses online from West Virginia University, where he played.

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Re: 'Pacman' Jones drops appeal

Vegas police press case against Pacman

They'll renew call today for felony charge; Jones drops NFL appeal

By PAUL KUHARSKY
Staff Writer

A day after Pacman Jones abandoned an appeal of his yearlong NFL suspension, Las Vegas police will take what they believe is a fortified case to the district attorney today, trying to persuade him to move forward with charges against the Titans cornerback.

If Clark County District Attorney David Roger is swayed and moves forward, official charges against Jones probably would kill any chance he has to be reinstated by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after 10 games this fall.
   
Las Vegas police have been investigating Jones' role in a Feb. 19 strip club melee that ended with a triple shooting. On March 26, police publicly recommended that the district attorney file three charges against Jones: felony coercion, misdemeanor battery and misdemeanor threats to life.

Police labeled Jones an "inciter" but said they had not established any link between him and the unidentified gunman. Roger requested further investigation.

"They are going to the DA's office" today, said Jose Montoya, information officer for the Las Vegas Metro Police Department. "They are probably looking at the same charges. They think they've got a little bit stronger of a case."

Attorneys representing Jones did not return phone calls. His agent, Michael Huyghue, said he's dealing with league matters while the attorneys deal with criminal issues.

Jones wants closure

Huyghue accompanied Jones to New York on Tuesday, where the Titan met with Goodell. Jones and Goodell were alone for 30 minutes, according to the agent.

Huyghue said they knew they faced an uphill battle in asking the person who issued the penalty to reduce it and that Jones ultimately decided he preferred closure. Jones was suspended after being arrested five times and having 10 encounters with police since the Titans drafted him in 2005.

"There was a lot of legal stuff going back and forth, and he just wasn't really comfortable with all of that," Huyghue said. "He just decided that he was going to accept the commissioner's discipline and try to move forward."

Neither the NFL nor the Titans commented. Jones issued a statement:

"Last week I asked for an opportunity to speak privately with Commissioner Goodell. I met with him earlier today to tell him about the steps I have taken to change my life since being suspended from the National Football League.

"I accept the discipline that has been imposed on me, and I told the Commissioner today that I am withdrawing my appeal. I understand my responsibilities to my teammates, the Tennessee Titans, and our fans, and I am committed to turning my life around and being a positive member of the NFL going forward."

Huyghue said Jones is in Nashville full time but will eventually do some training in Jacksonville, Fla.

The agent said Jones has been making his weekly visit to team headquarters as outlined in the suspension and will do some work online toward his degree from West Virginia University.

Times of despair have given Jones a better read of who his real friends are, Huyghue said, providing a "strong awakening in that regard."

"And he'll stay out of trouble so he'll have a chance to get back on the field this year," Huyghue said.

Reinstatement at stake

Jones' suspension includes a provision for his reinstatement after 10 games provided he abides by the conditions and gets in no further trouble.

His chance at reinstatement will disappear if charges are filed in Las Vegas or if a pending case in Georgia results in a conviction.

Al Dixon, assistant district attorney in Griffin Judicial Circuit in Fayetteville, Ga., said nothing has changed in the case there. The April order that pushed back a trial for Jones on a felony obstruction charge was sealed by a judge and isn't expected on the docket until September. "It's still in a holding pattern," Dixon said.

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