|Suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam 'Pacman' Jones to debut on wrestling show|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 06 August 2007 05:49|
He signed a contract with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling and will make his in-ring debut on Thursday, the company said Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Jones' first appearance will be for its iMPACT! show on Spike TV, and he'll appear in a pay-per-view show on Sunday. TNA films at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla.
``I am a big fan of wrestling, so I wanted to give it a try,'' Jones said in a statement. ``I respect wrestling and I'm not coming in like it's just a show. I want to prove that I am the greatest team-sport athlete.''
Jones' NFL contract prohibits non-football activities that could cause injury. Jones' agent said last week that they had talked with the Titans about Jones' plans with TNA.
TNA spokesman Steven Godfrey said officials could not comment on whether Jones actually will wrestle.
``But he will be involved in a story line,'' Godfrey said.
The Titans were on the practice field Monday morning, and coach Jeff Fisher couldn't immediately be contacted for reaction. Titans chief operating officer Steve Underwood didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
Jones was suspended in April for the 2007 season by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for conduct detrimental to the league. He dropped his appeal of that punishment in June.
Goodell was asked about Jones' wrestling activities when he visited the Titans' camp Saturday. Goodell said it was up to Jones to decide what's in his best interest as he tries to earn his way back onto the field.
``I've often said that it's not about what you say, it's about what you do,'' Goodell said. ``It's your actions. And I think the actions will have to determine that.''
Jones has been arrested six times since being drafted by the Titans in April 2005, including June 22 when he turned himself in on two felony counts of coercion in a Las Vegas strip club fight that left a man paralyzed.
His bid to join the Titans in training camp was denied by the NFL on July 26. Jones' case will be reviewed after the Titans' 10th game, which is Nov. 19.
He wouldn't be the first Titan to make a TNA appearance. Titans defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch worked the corner for retired tight end Frank Wycheck at a TNA tag team match in June in Nashville.