NEW YORK (AP) -NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and league officials met with Adam “Pacman” Jones Tuesday as the Tennessee Titans’ cornerback attempted to avoid a long suspension following a series of arrests.
Goodell and his staff also met with Cincinnati wide receiver Chris Henry and members of the NFL Players Association executive board as he prepared a tougher policy on NFL players who violate the law.
Goodell has said he will announce his decision on suspensions or other disciplinary action before the draft on April 28 and perhaps in the next 10 days.
The NFL had no comment and lawyers for the players had no immediate response. The meeting with the players was held away from the NFL offices where six television cameras stationed themselves with no one to interview.
The Titans couldn’t add much either Tuesday night.
“We have not heard anything from the NFL office,” Titans general manager Mike Reinfeldt said.
Goodell also met with Gene Upshaw, executive director of the NFLPA and other union officials as he tried to get a consensus for his policy. Upshaw also has been critical of player misbehavior.
Henry is one of nine Bengals who were arrested last season, leading to calls for a crackdown on player behavior. But Jones has become the focus for Goodell, who took over as commissioner in September and has been preoccupied by the issue almost from the start of his tenure.
“It went pretty good, to have the chance to meet the commissioner face to face,” Henry told The Cincinnati Enquirer. “I just wanted to explain my situation to the commissioner and move on. I told him I was learning from my mistakes and how to handle myself in a better manner.”
Since being drafted in April 2005, Jones has been arrested five times and questioned by police in 10 episodes. Last week, Las Vegas police recommended he be charged with a felony and two misdemeanors for his role in a Feb. 19 strip club fight that led to a triple shooting.
His lawyer, Manny Arora, did not return calls or e-mails from The Associated Press. However, he told the Nashville Tennessean on Monday: “I fully expect him to be part of that team when the season kicks off in September.
However, Jones’ former agent, Gary Wichard, told the AP that he thinks Goodell could be hard on Jones. “In the commissioner’s mind, he’s trying to make a statement because the league needs this,” Wichard said.
That seems to be the general consensus around the NFL – that the problems have gone too far. Henry, Jones’ teammate at West Virginia, was suspended by Goodell for two games last season and could face more discipline after serving two days in a Kentucky jail for letting minors drink in a hotel room he had rented.
AP Sports Writer Teresa Walker in Nashville contributed to this story.
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