While the NFL is still the greatest sport in the world, what has taken place in the last 24 hours in regards to Adam “Pacman” Jones brings out just about everything that is wrong with sports. In case you missed what’s gone on in the last year with this former first-round pick of the Titans, Jones was suspended for a staggering six arrests and 12 incidents where police were called since being his being drafted. Roger Goodell suspended Jones in April of 2007 for the entire 2007 season.
Since then, Jones has made a number of pleas to get back in the league, and at the same time he started making vibes about wanting to not play in Tennessee anymore, and instead play for the Cowboys. So Wednesday night, guess what happened. Yes, the Titans and Cowboys came to terms on a deal, giving Jones, who deserves to not only not have a job, but be in jail, a second lease on life – with the team he wants to play for.
What does this amazing move prove? It basically means that in sports that you can make mistake after mistake, but as long as your able to get back and can make plays, teams will overlook just about anything you’ve done off the field. Sure, commit crimes – it really doesn’t matter. Refuse to play for the team that has made you a living – someone else will gladly take you off their hands.
It was just Monday that Police reports surfaced that Jones paid $15,000 to a man to keep quiet about a shooting in a Las Vegas strip club. Do the Cowboys care? Evidently not. Don’t blame the Cowboys though, they are just doing what probably 20 other teams around the league would do – take a chance on a tainted player that does have talent and ability. Can Jones turn it around and be a model citizen? Won’t matter – some other team will be there to pick up the pieces the minute the Cowboys give up on him.