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Pacman drops appeal, to serve suspension

Postby mrblitz » Tue Jun 12, 2007 3:13 pm

Pacman drops appeal, to serve suspension

NFL.com wire reports



NEW YORK (June 12, 2007) -- 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.

Jones' suspension was the most severe of three handed down this spring by Goodell as part of the commissioner's crackdown on player misbehavior during a year that included the arrest of nine Cincinnati Bengals.

Tank Johnson of Chicago and Chris Henry of Cincinnati each got eight games, Johnson after serving two months in jail for violating probation on a gun charge, and Henry -- Jones' teammate at West Virginia -- for four arrests in 14 months. Henry served a two-game suspension last season.

Neither the NFL nor the Titans had comment.

At the time of the suspension, Titans owner Bud Adams said the team respected Goodell's decision and added: "We are hopeful that it will achieve the goals of disciplining the player and eventually enabling him to return to the field of play."

The Titans took steps last weekend to fill Jones' spot by signing cornerback Kelly Herndon, a former starter for Seattle and Denver.

The length of Jones' suspension could hinge on developments in Las Vegas involving a fight and shooting at a strip club during the NBA All-Star weekend that paralyzed one person. Police there recommended felony and misdemeanor charges against Jones, but the investigation continues.

Jones was the sixth overall pick by the Titans in the 2005 draft. If he misses the entire season, the suspension will cost him his salary of $1,292,500.
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Re: Pacman drops appeal, to serve suspension

Postby stomperrob » Thu Jun 14, 2007 11:06 am

Criminal charges may be laid...

Las Vegas cops: Charge Pacman

Thursday, June 14th 2007, 4:00 AM


Las Vegas police recommended yesterday that prosecutors charge Tennessee Titans cornerback Pacman Jones with felony coercion and misdemeanor threat and battery charges for the NFL star's role in a February strip club brawl - the same charges investigators suggested in March, spokesman Jose Montoya said.

Clark County District Attorney David Roger received a report about the NBA All-Star Game weekend incident from Las Vegas police late yesterday.

"We have the report, and we are reviewing it," spokeswoman Kathy Karstedt said.

Las Vegas police have been unable to link a Feb. 19 fight at Minxx Gentleman's Club they claim was instigated by Jones with the shooting that occurred later that morning. Manager Tommy Urbanski, a former pro wrestler from Long Island, was left paralyzed; two other people were also injured.

Within the last month, Vegas police reportedly traveled to Jones' home in Atlanta to collect saliva samples to determine if DNA gathered at the club after the fight came from Jones. Jones' agent Michael Huyghue said tests came back negative.

In March, police recommended felony coercion and misdemeanor threat and battery charges against Jones. But Roger declined to prosecute and instead asked police to investigate further, identify a shooter, and determine if the scuffle inside was linked with the shooting outside.

Robert Susnar, the club owner, has said Jones threatened to kill a bouncer who intervened when Jones attacked a dancer who grabbed money thrown on the stage.

Jones has had 10 encounters with police and five arrests since he was drafted by the NFL's Titans in 2005. On Tuesday, he dropped an appeal of a yearlong misconduct suspension imposed by league commissioner Roger Goodell.



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