After completing an NFL mandated alcohol program, Pacman Jones was re-instated (from an indefinite suspension) for probably his last time on November 19th
You have to hand it to the NFL, because if not anything the league believes in second chances and some cases 3 or 4 chances. Apparently the league is ready to give troubled Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam “Don’t Call Me Pacman” Jones another chance. Jones, who recently completed a league mandated 30-day alcohol treatment program while serving a league mandated 4-game suspension from his October 8th incident with his Cowboys assigned bodyguards, has gotten his last reprieve for probably his career by Commissioner Roger Goodell. The announcement was a total shocker to me as several NFL people told me that Adam Jones was done in the NFL for a long time — already had served a 17-month suspension including the entire 2007 season for several brushes with the law.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Wednesday the suspended cornerback has been reinstated by league commissioner Goodell and can practice immediately, but he will miss two more Cowboys games – this Sunday and the following game on Thanksgiving. So watch out Pittsburgh as a rested and healthy Pacman is scheduled to come to town on December 7th as the Cowboys play the Steelers at Heinz Field.
Worrick Robinson, A. Jones’ attorney said the following statement for his client after the announcement, “He much appreciates the Cowboys and Jerry Jones for standing behind him and encouraging him, and he’s grateful to the commissioner”. Robinson finished with, “He knows what he has to do. It’s very clear.” Cowboys giddy owner Jerry Jones added, “He’s a long way, a long way from having clear sailing.”
As I stated earlier, “I am shocked that the NFL gave Pacman another shot”. But the move clearly shows that the NFL wants to give every opportunity to Jones to rehabilitate himself and maybe he has learned in enough in his alcohol program to finally straighten himself out. I want to root for Jones to have turned the corner joining former NFL bad boys like Andre Rison, teammate Tank Johnson, receiver Koren Robinson, and others in getting back to playing the game that he supposedly loves. But much like many other skeptics, I want to see him finally prove on and off the field that he truly is a “professional” and not some thug masquerading as an NFL player.
This is your last chance Pacman, so make the most of it your the only football you will be playing is Madden Football on your Playstation.