seeking Adam "Pacman" Jones
It is either very hard to
believe, or very easy to believe, that the authorities are once again interested in speaking to Pacman Jones. Some guys are just so unlucky.
This time, following a shooting outside a strip club in suburban Atlanta, police say they want to talk to Jones, the Tennessee
Titans cornerback who already has been suspended for a year by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Police say that they don't believe Jones was involved in the shooting, but that he had been at the club with some of
the fellas who were involved
before leaving in a separate car.
(Oh, and just for fun, go ahead and Google "pacman shooting strip club." You only get 220,000 hits.)
Reportedly, no one was seriously injured - unlike the Las Vegas/NBA All-Star weekend
edition of "pacman shooting strip club," which left a man
paralyzed. After that one - and while Jones was at the club, he has not been charged in that case - the NFL took that incident and the rest of the Pacman laundry list and came down on him with the suspension.
Jones appealed the suspension, then dropped the appeal. And along the way, he purchased a full-page newspaper ad in Nashville that stated, among
"To my family, teammates, coaches and fans, I recognize that I have lost the right to ask for your patience and understanding; however, I will do
everything in my power to
regain your trust and respect."
And, well, oops.
"In the past few weeks, I have learned a lifetime of lessons,"
he said in the ad. "First and
foremost, I need to reorganize my priorities. As a grown man and a new father, my first
priority is my daughter and
family. Second, I have to not only meet the expectations of my coaches, teammates and fans, but exceed them in every respect, on and off the field. The first step in meeting these goals is for me to stop making the poor choices that have put me in this position."
And, well, oops.
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To be fair, though, all possibilities must be considered. Perhaps he was out buying baby formula for the 4 a.m. feeding.
The presumption had been that Jones dropped the appeal in the hope that Goodell would reduce the suspension to 10 games once a pattern of good behavior had been demonstrated by
Pacman. That would seem to be a bit of a stretch at this point, even acknowledging that police say Jones wasn't the shooter.
The fellas, the gun, the 4 a.m., the strip club - right there, that is the golden sombrero of poor choices. A man of ability is about to flush away his professional life, and there is nothing anyone can do about it, other than watch for the latest news flash.
It is a story as old as sports, of ability wasted, but it is a story
of 2007 ridiculousness, too. The odds that Pacman Jones ever will step on an NFL field again decrease by the day, by the
incident, by the wire-service
It is tragic on one level. It is
human slapstick on another. His nickname comes from an old
video game and that is exactly what this feels like. It doesn't seem real. It is almost cartoonish, this careening from incident to incident.
If it were not for the very real consequences of people and guns, you would laugh without guilt. *
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