|Titans go to court, stop 'Pacman' from wrestling|
|Written by Admin|
|Friday, 10 August 2007 12:34|
Jones was scheduled to make his debut with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling on Sunday in a pay-per-view event titled ``Hard Justice.''
Citing its contract with Jones, the team said it asked a Tennessee court to intervene in order ``to protect our rights in this instance.''
``All NFL players have language in their contracts that prohibit them from engaging in activities 'which may involve a significant risk of personal injury,''' team spokesman Robbie Bohren said in a statement. ``We certainly believe wrestling to be hazardous, and it is obvious from the player's conduct that he is ignoring this aspect of his agreements with the club.''
Chancery Court Judge Robert E. Lee Davies agreed, saying Jones should be prohibited from ``participating in any activities that 'may involve the risk of serious personal injury.'''
``Mr. Jones is hereby restrained from providing any 'wrestling' or 'performing services' to TNA ... including but not limited to the TNA ``Hard Justice'' pay-per-view event ... for as long as this restraining order is in effect,'' Davies ruled.
The injunction strictly bars Jones from participating in any TNA event, as a ``wrestler, spectator, announcer, participant or otherwise ... ``
He was suspended by the NFL for a year because of several legal scrapes since being drafted in 2005.
Worrick Robinson, an attorney for Jones, didn't immediately return a phone call seeking comment about the judge's ruling. Jones' agent, Michael Huyghue, said he couldn't comment until later in the day. TNA Wrestling declined to comment.
On Thursday, Jones teased his TNA appearance with an interview on ESPN2's ``First Take,'' and defended his decision to wrestle.
``I don't know what you all want me to do. Just sit in the house and be miserable all day?'' he said. ``I can't do that. I have to keep my spirits up high. I have a whole family to take care of.''
TNA has not revealed how much Jones would be compensated.
The cornerback's latest legal problem emerged just hours after he resolved one of his least serious issues when a judge dismissed three traffic citations.
Jones was pulled over the morning of June 10 in his orange Lamborghini sports car because the tags did not match the vehicle.
Sheriff's deputies said he had switched the plate from another vehicle he owns. He was cited with a registration violation, as well as a residency violation for having a Georgia license and failure to show proof of insurance.
Jones' attorney said earlier on Friday that the charges were dismissed because authorities had incorrect information about the registration and license.
``The deputy indicated today that he was acting on the incorrect information,'' Robinson said. ``We have worked with them to make sure that they have accurate information so that the same thing will not happen again.''
Robinson was also asked what he thought about Jones wrestling, and he said he didn't believe the cornerback would do anything to jeopardize his career.
``Football is his priority,'' Robinson said. ``He wants to get back on the field. Whatever he does with TNA is not going to affect his health.''
Jones still faces felony coercion charges in connection with a Feb. 19 fight and triple-shooting at a Las Vegas strip club. Jones also faces a felony charge of obstruction stemming from a physical altercation in February 2006 with an officer on patrol in Fayetteville, Ga., but no trial date has been set.
A misdemeanor charge stemming from an August 2006 nightclub altercation also could be revived against Jones depending on the outcome of the Vegas case.