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A. Jones Suspended Indefinitely

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.--The NFL just announced that Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam Jones has been suspended indefinitely.

He is to miss at least the Cowboys' next four games, according to the league.

Jones was involved in a scuffle with one of his bodyguards last week in a restroom at a Dallas hotel. Police responded to the scene of the incident but no criminal charges were filed.

However, the NFL's personal conduct policy empowers Commissioner Roger Goodell to impose discipline upon a player even if the player is not charged with or convicted of a crime. Goodell suspended Jones for all of last season under the policy while the cornerback was with the Tennessee Titans. Goodell warned Jones when the suspension was issued in April 2007 that Jones was down to his last chance to salvage his NFL career.

Goodell reinstated Jones just before this season, following an offseason trade that sent Jones to the Cowboys.

The NFL indicated that Goodell will determine the length of this suspension following the Cowboys' game Nov. 16 against the Washington Redskins. Jones was suspended without pay for what the league called in a written news release "his most recent violation of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy."

The NFL's release also said: "The decision on whether Jones can return to play will be based on Jones' strict compliance with his NFL and Dallas Cowboys treatment plans as well as on evaluations of Jones' progress that will be provided to Commissioner Goodell by clinical experts retained by the NFL.

"Jones was involved in an alcohol-related physical altercation at a Dallas hotel on October 8 that resulted in hotel employees calling the police. Commissioner Goodell in today's letter to Jones called it a continuation of 'a disturbing pattern of behavior and clearly inconsistent with the conditions I set for your continued participation in the NFL.'

"Jones was suspended for the entire 2007 season for multiple violations of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy. In reinstating Jones on August 28 of this year, Commissioner Goodell said that the player's participation in the NFL depends on demonstrating that he can conduct himself in a socially responsible manner, avoiding any other conduct that brings disrespect to himself, his team, or the NFL."

The personal conduct policy also empowers Goodell to impose a lifetime ban on a player deemed the worst of repeat offenders. Under the policy, which was toughened in the spring of 2007 with the support of the players' union, any appeal of a decision is heard by Goodell or someone appointed by him.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said during a break in the owners' meetings that he supports Goodell's decision.

"I respect his decision and support it," Jerry Jones said.

Jerry Jones had declined to discipline Adam Jones last week and had said on a radio show late in the week that the notion that Jones might be suspended was ridiculous because the incident was "a nothing." Jerry Jones said today he felt that the matter had to be handled by Goodell and he understood the decision because Adam Jones was reinstated under what amounted to a zero-tolerance policy.

Jerry Jones said he spoke to Adam Jones by telephone after the decision and the player was "very disappointed" and "devastated." Adam Jones did not indicate whether he planned to appeal, Jerry Jones said.

"I am disappointed for him and his opportunity and the Cowboys," Jerry Jones said.

Jerry Jones said the Cowboys likely would welcome back Adam Jones if he's reinstated by Goodell.

"I'd like to see him intensify his approach to getting better," Jerry Jones said. "If he were successful, I'd like to be part of it."

Jerry Jones said that Adam Jones must demonstrate to Goodell that he has dealt with his alcohol-related issues to be reinstated.

By Mark Maske  |  October 14, 2008; 2:38 PM ET  | Category:  Cowboys , Crime , League Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I have just two questions: why is he referred to as "PacMan?" Is it due to the size of his mouth? Thanks

Posted by: John Phillips | October 14, 2008 9:32 PM

Pacs a Punk, but since when have the dollars cokeboys been held to normal standards of conduct. They got their biggest crackhead elected to the Hall before Art. diff rules 4 dos fools.

Posted by: devans | October 14, 2008 7:43 PM

Good! Goodell told him that there would be ZERO tolerance for any misbehavior and now Jones is finding out that Goodell meant it.
He is lucky he is not out for good

Posted by: Dan | October 14, 2008 6:46 PM

PacMans name change:

October 2008: OJ's cellmate

Posted by: Redskins Robbie | October 14, 2008 5:52 PM

So "the NFL's personal conduct policy empowers Commissioner Roger Goodell to impose discipline upon a player even if the player is not charged with or convicted of a crime."

In that case, why hasn't Marvin Harrison been disciplined for his actions? The very best face you can put on his situation is that his gun was used to shoot another man, and the man in question claims that Harrison himself pulled the trigger. Do we really live in a world where a man can gun down another man in cold blood one day, and step onto a football field the next?

Saint Tony Dungy the Hypocrite is perfectly willing to release any player (at least any B-level player) who smokes marijuana. I guess it's just fine to pop a cap in some mofo, though -- he musta deserved it...

Posted by: Steve | October 14, 2008 5:17 PM

I have the answer!

He needs to change his name, about 4 times over the next year.

October 2008: P. Jones
February 2009: Packy J
June 2009: Pac Jonesy
October 2009: Adam P. Jones

Posted by: Puffy Diddy Daddy Combs | October 14, 2008 5:02 PM

You can take the _ _ _ _ _ out of the ghetto, but you can't take the ghetto out of the _ _ _ _ _.

So everybody quit trying!!!!

Posted by: Dave Howard | October 14, 2008 4:42 PM

So I guess it's safe to say that the former cowboys mentoring (sanders,irvin) aren't that effective?

Posted by: haha | October 14, 2008 4:39 PM

Packman's problems present a small issue for the Cowboys because it's being done off the field. Wait until T.O. gets to stomping on Romo's replacement on national TV during game-time, then you'll see real "psycho" drama. Jerry Jones will rue the day he signed T.O.

Posted by: The Kid from Philly | October 14, 2008 4:36 PM

the Yeast in the East are peeing all over themselves ... that's not news.

Posted by: Tex | October 14, 2008 4:32 PM

Once a thug always a thug, ya can dress em up, and ya can't teach em anything to be a gentleman.
It is beyond rational description in why football players who have the world by the oysters throw it all away to revert back to being nothing more than cheap dime-store punks.

Posted by: Melvin | October 14, 2008 4:29 PM

Once an idiot, ALWAYS an idiot!!

Posted by: Monkman63 | October 14, 2008 4:17 PM

The week of 10/12/07......remember it.

Posted by: jarresc | October 14, 2008 3:46 PM

It's 2008.

Posted by: TheDozarian | October 14, 2008 4:14 PM

This man needs treatment for his chemical dependency. He's not himself.

Posted by: royals1 | October 14, 2008 4:09 PM

Any other business would fire his azz.

NFL loves to keep their bad boyz on the field.

That's why I don't watch it...poor representation of individual talent.

Will probably read about him getting shot by some gangstas and no one will care.

Posted by: US Athlete | October 14, 2008 3:58 PM

If Pac Man Jones doesn't have a father, someone tell him to just quit drinking for the entirety of his NFL career, and then the idiot could afford to drink himself to an early death.

Posted by: David Moore | October 14, 2008 3:49 PM

The week of 10/12/07......remember it. It's the beginning of the end of the season for the now lowly, injured, and over-rated Cowpukes. Pac Man is a fool. Jerry Jones is pathetic and equally as foolish for adding him to an already disfunctional team.

GO SKINS! The Beast in the East!

Posted by: jarresc | October 14, 2008 3:46 PM

he will be back in 2 games max

Posted by: bobby | October 14, 2008 3:00 PM

Wha t an idiot. Never learned his lesson and gets paid $1.74 million. Only in America!

Posted by: mofares | October 14, 2008 2:58 PM

SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN RE-INSTATED IN THE FIRST PLACE.

Posted by: JEFF MILLER | October 14, 2008 2:55 PM

I love it, the cow-pies are falling apart.

Posted by: Bishop TuTu | October 14, 2008 2:50 PM

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