Can anyone for one second really buy how “sincere” Adam “Pacman” Jones was in his recent purchase of a full-page ad saying how he would regain the trust of the fans and his team? Jones, who has had to talk to police on 10 different occasions due to run-ins with the law, stated that he will appeal his suspension which currently has him missing the entire 2007 season with the Titans.
The letter to the paper states that in the past few weeks, Jones has “learned a lifetime of lessions.” It says that he will “stop making poor choices that have put him in his position,” and that he is going to re-enroll and West Virgina Univ. and finish his degree. NFL commish Roger Goodell did recently say that Jones may be able to come back to playing after 10 games if he meets certain requirments.
The issue to me with Jones is if this is just a ploy to try and make him look good to the commish as well as those in power that put this year-long suspension on him. After all, it was Jones, not anyone else, that made the decsions that have put him in trouble with the law. The league has been pretty serious with their recent promise to step it up when it comes to punishing players that are problems for the league, and Jones is A-1 on the list when it comes to those players.
There is still the question as well about Jones’ latest problem with the law, that being a fight in a strip club in Las Vegas that have police wanting to charge Jones for inciting. The fight led to a triple shooting back on February 19th. There is also the question of Jones hiding two arrests in Georiga last year from the Titans. Both those things in my opinion should still have Jones on the sideline for the 2007 season, no matter what things he does during his suspension to try and work his way back.
I applaud Titans owner Bud Adams for recently stating that he is not even sure that the team wants Jones back unless he changes his behavior. It is a good sign that other teams shoudl follow. As for Jones, only time will tell what path he chooses in terms of his suspension, but right now he’s just lucky to be getting a chance to even come close to having a spot again in the league.