Making it rain is going to cost Tennessee Titan Adam “Pacman” Jones more than a million dollars next season.
Jones’ off the field troubles culminated in an incident during NBA All Star Weekend this February in Las Vegas . At a local strip club, Jones allegedly threw $81,000 at the club which ultimately led to a shooting which left one man paralyzed.
In addition, he has nine other incidents under his belt in which he was interviewed by law enforcement.
As a result, the NFL standout defensive back has been suspended by Commissioner Roger Goodell for the entire 2007 season. According to an ESPN article, the suspension will cost Jones his base salary of $1,292,500
Citing the “integrity of the NFL” as a reason for suspension, Goodell addressed Jones, the league and the rest of the nation yesterday in a written statement.
“Your conduct has brought embarrassment and ridicule upon yourself, your club, and the NFL, and has damaged the reputation of players throughout the league. You have put in jeopardy an otherwise promising NFL career, and have risked both your own safety and the safety of others through your off-field actions. In each of these respects, you have engaged in conduct detrimental to the NFL and failed to live up to the standards expected of NFL players. Taken as a whole, this conduct warrants significant sanction.”
While it appears that the hammer dropped on Jones, there’s a possibility that he may take the field next season if the case pending against him in Las Vegas is dropped.
Jones had little to say about the suspension when approached by The Tennesean of Nashville and asked for comment.
“I don’t really have anything to say right now,’” he told the newspaper.“I just want to make sure I say the right things and not anything out of frustration. I am just going to chill out a few days.”
The suspension may affect Jones beyond the 2007-2008 season. Titans owner Bud Adams also released a statement that puts Jones’ future with the team in doubt.
“We will need assurances from the player on a number of issues before we are comfortable having him return to the team. Until we see a change in behavior through his actions and until he shows the ability to avoid controversy off the field, we will move forward with the possibility that he may not return to this team.”
Also suspended yesterday was Chris Henry of the Cincinnati Bengals. He will miss eight games and up to $230,294.12 in salary.