(Philadelphia, Pa) —-Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones withdrew the appeal of his suspension and will serve the one-year term imposed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. The move to me reeks of “You Don’t Want to Take on the NFL”. Jones and his agent Michael Huyghe met with Goodell at NFL headquarters today and I am sure the Commissioner probably spelled out to Jones that the NFL is not a right or privilege and that it can be taken away at anytime. Even though Jones finally got the support of the NFLPA, it was not going to be enough to prevent the NFL machine from running him over. Remember the organization is a Park Avenue entity that has more lawyers than you can shake a stick at.
Pacman finally realized that the best way to get in the good graces of teammates, the public, the league, and get back on the field was to come to his senses. He finally took the first step to mending his awful image by agreeing to keep quiet and take his medicine like a good little fella. Through his agent he issued this statement “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 added in the statement “I met with (Goodell) 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.” Jones intends to spend his suspension working out and going back to school at the West Virginia University, where he played collegiately.
Goodell had suspended Jones on April 10 for conduct detrimental to the league related to ten incidents with the law including five arrests since joining the Titans as the 6th overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft. The suspension for a year may have been considered harsh to some, because Jones has never been convicted or charged on any of the incidents, but I thoroughly believe he needs to wake up. He now has the opportunity to rehabilitate himself and image ala Ray Lewis after his off the field problems in 2000. Lewis went through a trial in Atlanta for a double homicide and was ultimately exonerated after pleading guilty to a lesser charge of obstruction of justice. Lewis was then fined $250,000 dollars by the NFL drawing the ire of fans and media. During this trying time, he learned that he needed to look in the mirror first causing him to change his crowd and grow up. Afterwards he prospered on the field leading the Ravens to victory in Super Bowl XXXV while winning the MVP of the game and the regular season. He even got back in the good graces of advertisers appearing on the cover of the popular EA Sports Madden football game and doing commercials for the NFL Network of all places. Pacman can only hope to follow in those steps as he is still facing possible charges in Las Vegas stemming from a fight at a strip club on Feb. 19, 2007 that led to a triple shooting with one man paralyzed. Jones also is facing charges in Georgia stemming from two arrests in 2006 including a felony obstruction charge for allegedly biting a Fayetteville, Georgia, police officer.
I can only say to Pacman stay humble, stay out of the limelight, surround yourself with better people than your “homies” and learn from the recently released from prison Bears Defensive Tackle Tank Johnson. Johnson accepted his 8 game suspension like a man without crying after his May 13th release from prison. Big Tank understood it is no use biting the hand that feeds you. He is now trying to walk a straight line and the NFL, NFLPA, and Bears are firmly in his corner. He has even gained the support and encouragement from fans and the media.