Any thoughts that Adam “Pacman” Jones had of trading armbars with Kurt Angle is out of the window according to today’s edition of the Tennessean. A story broke on Monday that Jones was contacted and was talking to TNA (Total Nonstop Action Wrestling) about joining the company for a storyline involving the suspended cornerback. The story stated that while Jones would not be physically wrestling in the ring, he would possibly have some sort of manager or bodyguard role.
Well, the Titans got wind of the talks, and late on Monday basically told him that he’d better think twice about it. “That type of thing is not permitted in accordance with the player’s contract,” Coach Jeff Fisher said Monday. Jones was at Baptist Sports Park Monday, where the Titans train. Under terms of his suspension he’s allowed in the team’s training facility once time per week for counseling, conditioning, film study and injury rehab. Jones did not speak about the matter, but a few of his teammates did, and most feel he is not considering stepping into a wrestling ring.
“He’s a football player. He’s no wrestler,” linebacker Keith Bulluck said. “He needs to concentrate on other things besides wrestling. I think he has enough on his plate right now. But you never know with that guy. Who knows what he is going to do. I don’t know if that is the best thing to do, but at the same time it not my decision, it’s Pac’s.”
Attorney for Jones, Worrick Robinson, said that Jones being involved in the event and doing something other than wrestling – “wouldn’t appear to interfere or invalidate his contract with the NFL. It is just participating for entertainment value. We are discussing different ways Adam Jones can participate, but it is not expected it will be as a wrestler.”
Where does the TNA promotion stand on the whole deal? “We have no comment right now,” Steven Godfrey, public relations manager for TNA. “But a TNA statement is forthcoming in the next couple of days regarding the situation.” If Jones had any sense, and why at this point would we believe that he does, he would think about the situation for a few moments and do the right thing and let it go. If Jones wants to line up on an NFL field again someday, he’d better stay clean, and that also means not going against his own teams wishes, which it appears he would be doing by pulling this stunt.
Then again, maybe Jones should wrestle, become and world champion of TNA, and then he can not have to worry about playing in the NFL again and become a hugely successful pro wrestler. It seems whatever Jones thinks is right for him he’ll do, so I wouldn’t doubt it if he and his reps push this latest stunt to the limit before finally letting it go.