The Nashville lawyer for Pacman Jones said on Wednesday that the Williamson County Sheriff’s deputy who pulled over the Titans cornerback last month had an agenda, The Tennessean has learned. The traffic stop resulted in three citations for Jones, who is serving a year-long suspension from the NFL for multiple off-field problems, including six arrests. Attorney Worrick Robinson said Deputy David Hadley had “made claims in the past that he was going to pull over Adam Jones the first time he got occasion to, that’s exactly what he had been bragging about around other people in Williamson County.”
According to Sheriff Ricky Headley, it was common knowledge in his department that Jones didn’t have a license because Jones presented only a Georgia ID card to police in January when they investigated a robbery at his Franklin home. Robinson said hearsay that Jones didn’t have a license did not quite qualify as the “specific and articulable facts” necessary to initiate a traffic stop. “The proper protocol was to type Mr. Jones’ personal information into a computer, and the computer would have shown that he had a valid driver’s license,” Robinson said. “Instead (the officer) chose to make a spectacle of the situation and the hearsay proved to be false.” Reached before Robinson made his comments, Hadley said he does not grant interviews. His boss said accusations that Hadley was on the lookout for a chance to stop Jones are false.
Robinson said it was obviously a mistake for Jones not to have the proper documents in the car. “He did have registration and insurance on the vehicle, not in the vehicle, and he should have,” Robinson said. “But if you go sit in a traffic court any day, you run into people having the same problem.” Jones is scheduled to appear in a Williamson County court on August 10 to address the citations. Robinson said Jones will provide proof of registration and insurance and he expects those citations to be retired. Robinson said he would challenge the necessity of a Tennessee driver’s license.