NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell indicated Friday that Adam “Pacman” Jones’ suspension might not be lifted when it is reviewed sometime after the Pro Bowl.
Goodell, speaking at his annual press conference at the Super Bowl in Glendale, Ariz., was asked about Jones’ year-long suspension meted out last April.
Goodell said his original message to Jones with the suspension was for him to change his behavior, which, Goodell said, reflected poorly on the entire National Football League.
“If he needs more time to get that message, I can accommodate him,” Goodell told a media gathering Friday.
Jones had two misdemeanor charges dropped Thursday in Rutherford County, but still has an unresolved issue pending in Georgia from a 2006 incident. He pleaded no contest to a gross misdemeanor of conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct in Las Vegas last December, after originally being charged with two counts of felony coercion in a strip club fight last Feb. 19.
Jones was in an Atlanta area strip club on Jan. 3, 2008 after Goodell has repeatedly warned him to stay out of such environments. An initial charge of assault and battery, brought by a woman named Wanda Jackson, was withdrawn on Jan. 16, but the fact that Jones was present in such an establishment probably won’t win him any points with Goodell.
Jones' Atlanta-based attorney Manny Arora told The City Paper on Friday that those types of decisions could hurt the cornerback's bid to return.
"When someone tells you not to do something and you do it anyway, there are going to be consequences," Arora said.
Jones' representatives met with Titans officials earlier this week to discuss the cornerback’s situation once he is reinstated, and a trade or releasing him remains an option for the team.
Arora admitted Thursday night that the possibility exists that Jones will not be a Titan once he is reinstated.