Pacman Not Gratis

Last week Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones thoroughly explained why he thought Adam “Pacman” Jones did not deserve a suspension following his latest controversial incident. Upon further review, the NFL thinks otherwise.

The NFL announced Tuesday that the oft-troubled Cowboys cornerback Jones has been suspended indefinitely without pay by Commissioner Roger Goodell due to his “alcohol-related altercation” with a team bodyguard at a Dallas hotel last week.

Jones, who was suspended for the entire 2007 season due to multiple violations of the league’s Personal Conduct Policy, will miss at least the next four games before Goodell determines the final length of the suspension.

According to a league press release, the decision on Jones’ possible reinstatement will be pending his strict compliance to NFL and Cowboys-sponsored treatment plans plus progress reports supplied by clinical behavior experts to Goodell.

In a statement released by the team, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said: “We respect and support the decision of the commissioner. I regret that this issue has brought negative attention to the Cowboys and the NFL. We move forward with a very clear knowledge as to what the process will be for a possible reinstatement. Adam is well aware of where he stands and what he has to do.”

Adam Jones was fully reinstated by Goodell just before the season opener after being suspended for 17 months and missing the entire 2007 season because of numerous off-field problems. He has started all six games with the Cowboys.

But Jones returned to headlines after an incident one week earlier on October 8. Dallas police said officers responded to a disturbance about 11 p.m. but that the incident was over by the time they arrived. Some some hotel employees reported overhearing a scuffle in the men’s restroom in the lobby.

Jones and his bodyguard, Tommy Jones — a Cowboys employee empowered by Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to help protect the player from himself — told police that everything was resolved, and both were driven from the hotel by an acquaintance, police said. The bodyguard told police he didn’t want to press charges.

This incident, which Cowboys owner Jerry Jones originally described as “kidding each other” and “jiving around,” may not have drawn any attention for a player without Jones’ rap sheet — six arrests and 12 incidents requiring police intervention from the time the Tennessee Titans drafted him in the first round in 2005 and sent him to Dallas in April to complete a long-discussed trade.

Tennessee got a fourth-round pick in the April draft, and a sixth-rounder next year for Jones. The Cowboys could get back a fifth-rounder in 2009 pending Jones’ punishment.