Pacman off radar of Dallas skipper
Posted: Friday, October 17, 2008 4:58 pm
By: By SCHUYLER DIXON, Associated Press Writer
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Twice-suspended cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones is off the hook with Georgia probation officers over his scuffle in Dallas.
He’s also off the radar of Cowboys coach Wade Phillips.
Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard said Wednesday there were no plans to revoke Jones’ probation because he wasn’t arrested after police responded to an alcohol-related scrum with his own bodyguard at an upscale Dallas hotel Oct. 7.
The latest disturbance — the 13th for Jones involving police since Tennessee drafted him three years ago — led to an indefinite suspension Tuesday by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Weeks earlier, Goodell lifted a 17-month ban over Jones’ personal conduct.
Goodell will revisit Jones’ latest suspension after four games, but Phillips didn’t even want to discuss Wednesday the question of the troubled player’s return.
“He’s gone,” Phillips said. “I’m not saying what’s going to happen in the future because I don’t know what’s going to happen in the future or what is or isn’t going to be done there. I’ve got to go with the players I have.”
Jones was sentenced to three years probation for a run-in with police two years ago outside the family home of his pregnant girlfriend in Fayetteville, Ga.
He also paid a $500 fine.
The plea agreement settled the last of Jones’ pending criminal cases in February, two months before the Cowboys acquired him from the Titans during the draft.
Jones kept a higher profile than the Cowboys preferred but stayed away from trouble until someone called 911 to report a disturbance in the bathroom of a hotel lobby. Police showed up after the scuffle ended, and the bodyguard didn’t want to press charges.
The bodyguard was part of a Cowboys-hired security detail to be with the player at all times. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that security is no longer being provided, though he didn’t explain if it was because of the suspension or the scuffle that led to it.
Jerry Jones said he didn’t suspend the cornerback because he didn’t violate any terms of his deal with the team. But Goodell said Adam Jones again ran afoul of the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
“We felt like he would be here, and that’s not the case,” Phillips said.
There weren’t many Cowboys around to discuss Jones’ ban Wednesday after several said last week they didn’t think the incident would lead to a suspension.
Among those missing was Tank Johnson, who so far has been a successful reclamation project in Dallas after a series of run-ins with law enforcement led to a suspension by Goodell and his release by Chicago.
He adamantly supported Jones last week.
The tone was more cautious among those in the locker room Wednesday.
“I wish him well,” receiver Patrick Crayton said. “It’s one of those things where you hope his opportunity and the door is not completely shut. I don’t know if this is what it’s going to take to open it, but I wish him well.”
Before getting traded to Dallas, Adam Jones was arrested six times and involved in 12 instances requiring police intervention after Tennessee drafted him in the first round in 2005.
Jones has started all six games for the Cowboys, partly because Pro Bowl cornerback Terence Newman has been injured.
Jones has 25 tackles and 11 pass deflections, and has averaged 5.0 yards on 16 punt returns.
Tennessee got a fourth-round pick from the Cowboys in the April draft and was supposed to get a sixth-rounder next year for Jones.
But because Jones has been suspended again, Dallas will instead get the Titans’ fifth-round pick next April.
Jones was an elite cornerback and kick returner in his first two seasons with the Titans, but the accumulation of arrests and legal problems, including his connection to a shooting at a Las Vegas strip club, led to his suspension without pay from the league in April 2007.
The shooting left one man paralyzed and Jones missed all of last season due to the suspension.