Dallas Cowboy's Adam Pac-man Jones Suspended

Dallas Cowboy's Adam Pac-man Jones Suspended

The Dallas Cowboys will not have cornerback Adam Jones for at least the next four games.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Jones indefinitely without pay and will determine the length of suspension following the Nov. 16 game at Washington.

According to the league's release, "The decision on whether Jones can return to play will be based on Jones' strict compliance with his NFL and Dallas Cowboys treatment plans as well as on evaluations of Jones' progress that will be provided to Commissioner Goodell by clinical experts retained by the NFL."

In a letter sent to Jones, Goodell called the incident last week in a Hotel Joule bathroom with a team-issued bodyguard an "alcohol-related physical altercation" and was "a disturbing pattern of behavior and clearly inconsistent with the conditions I set for your continued participation in the NFL."

The suspension will cost Jones $41,176 a week.

After concluding their own investigation, the Cowboys did not impose any discipline on Jones, calling it joking that went too far. Jones and bodyguard Tommy Jones met independently with NFL security last week.

Last Friday, owner and general manager Jerry Jones said talk of a possible suspension was "ridiculous," but Goodell was clear with Jones after reinstating him in August that trouble of any kind could lead to more discipline.

Jones finished serving a 17-month suspension for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy in August, although he was granted a partial reinstatement in June that carried through training camp.

Since entering the league in 2005, Jones has been arrested six times and police have been called to 13 incidents, with the most recent being his first trouble since being traded to the Cowboys.

Because of the suspension, the Cowboys will receive Tennessee's fifth-round pick in next year's draft to complete the teams’ April trade. Had Jones made it through the season without any problems, the Cowboys would have surrendered their 2009 sixth-round pick to the Titans.

Jones has started every game this season and leads the Cowboys with 11 pass deflections. He also has 27 tackles and is averaging 5 yards per punt return.

Without Jones and Terence Newman, who is recovering from surgery, the Cowboys will have rookies Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick see an increased role. Alan Ball, a seventh-round pick in 2007, will also play more.

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I don't want to be the guy to say I told ya so but...

On a side note, it must be pretty damn nice to pull down $41k a week.

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Who didn't see this coming.  ;D

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Cowboys picked up Roy Williams today from the Lions which might just send TO over the edge.  big_smile

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Local news is reporting TO and Williams are butt-buddies already. Apparently after talking to Jerry Jones first person to call Williams was TO.

I don't know if they are going to morph them into one or what but I don't know how they both can get the ball at the same time

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That is so screwed up.  I would want a body guard that I couldn't beat up.
Maybe he couldn't find anyone to beat up on and he accidently started beating up on his body guard not knowing who  he was because he was so drunk.  At least Pacman doesn't beat up on whimps, unless his body guard was a whimp.  Do you guys got a picture of this bodyguard?

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Hey Joe, welcome to the site.

I think this guy was more or less a babysitter than a bodyguard. His job was to protect pac-man from himself more than to protect him from others.

I can't believe how much time and energy they are wasting on this piece of garbage. He's not even that sweet. Colleges turn these guys out every day of the week. Boot his ass is what I say

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What part of 'bodyguard' didn't Pacman understand?
October 15, 2008

If commissioner Roger Goodell wants to make a big deal about personal responsibility, why stop with suspending Adam ``Pacman'' Jones? What about the guy who hired him, especially since it's the same guy who ramrodded an internal investigation through in time to squeeze him into one last game?

That would be Dallas owner Jerry Jones, whose appetite for risk-taking only increased when he left the oil-drilling business behind and bought the Cowboys nearly 20 years ago.

With Pacman already on the NFL version of double-secret probation for a host of violations, the player got into an alcohol-related scuffle Oct. 7 with one of his bodyguards at a private party. Following a team investigation, Jones laughed the whole thing off - ``It never occurred to any of us that he might have an incident with an individual that was sitting there to keep it from happening,'' the owner said - and dared the commish to do something about it.

A quick check of Pacman's dossier back at NFL headquarters would have reminded him that was a bad bet. Pacman's latest run-in, by most accounts, barely merited an entry. But once Goodell pulled the file, there was no ignoring its heft. Pacman has been arrested six times and visited by the cops an even dozen since being drafted by Tennessee in 2005. He was coming off a league-imposed, 17-month suspension when Jones hired him in August.

``I'm disappointed,'' the owner said Tuesday evening at the team's Valley Ranch site. ``But candidly, I'm not second-guessing the time and the effort we've invested. I know I've personally invested a lot of time with Adam and his business.

``I'm not trying to be philosophical, but I don't regret having spent that time. We could have ended up with a very positive result here. ... If it weren't meaningful, and the potential so really good, both for the individual as well as the team, if it weren't so good it would be too easy.

``It's supposed to be hard,'' he added, ``and it's supposed to have risks.''

It's a shame the commissioner doesn't keep a file on owners. No sooner did Jones buy the team than he turned it into a halfway house for talented troublemakers. More than once, enough players were under indictment, investigation or suspension - remember the Cowboys' infamous ``White House'' parties hosted by Michael Irvin a few years back? - that you wondered how they would field a team.

And how's this for a partial list of other wayward projects that, like Pacman, ended badly: Alonzo Spellman, Demetrius Underwood, Quincy Carter and Harvey Martin. It should come as no surprise that Pacman's loudest defender in the Dallas locker room, Tank Johnson, is one of those reclamation efforts himself.

``Sometimes you don't have to go to the principal's office. Sometimes, you can handle it in the classroom,'' said Johnson, who came to Dallas after being waived by the Bears following a string of firearm violations and the shooting death of a friend in a nightclub.

You might think Jerry Jones would get tired of walking around with his fingers crossed all the time and telling a succession of coaches fielding questions about disciplinary matters when to move their lips. But the only thing Jones seems worried about is another Super Bowl trophy to put in the case alongside the three he's already won.

Pacman's suspension came just ahead of the NFL's trading deadline, and just before the Cowboys' splashy deal to bring receiver Roy Williams over from Detroit. Say what you want about blowing up team chemistry, since Terrell Owens, another petulant star, is likely to feel threatened by the move and rachet up the bad behavior. But as a misdirection play, it was a stroke of genius.

As ESPN.com noted, the trade quickly shoved the news about Pacman far down the page, not unlike the time Jones lost a grievance to former Cowboys receiver Jimmy Smith and quickly buried that story by announcing a huge contract extension for quarterback Troy Aikman. What will be interesting this time is whether Dallas plays well enough in the next few weeks to keep Jones from taking the blame.

Quarterback Tony Romo, punter Mat McBriar and running back Felix Jones all are out due to injuries, and Jones' suspension, coupled with still-injured cornerback Terence Newman, leaves Dallas dangerously stretched in the defensive backfield. Coach Wade Phillips was feeling enough heat before this latest rash, and his job is far from secure.

That would be a risky enough climate for most owners, especially one whose team started the season among the handful of contenders to win it all. Not Jerry. He's hoping Pacman can turn around a decade of trouble in time to convince Goodell to let him play, preferably by the end of the season.

``If he earns his way back,'' Jones said, ``I would definitely consider him back to the Cowboys.''

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