NFL Gathering Info
UPDATED (3:28 p.m.)... NFL security officials reportedly are gathering information about the incident late Tuesday night involving Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam Jones.
A source within the league said it's too soon to know whether NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will take disciplinary action against Jones under the personal conduct policy. Jones was suspended for all of last season under the policy while with the Tennessee Titans, and Goodell warned him that further trouble could end his NFL career.
"It's clear there was some type of an incident," Goodell said during a previously scheduled interview this afternoon on ESPN Radio. "We want to understand all the facts and once we do understand the facts, then we can make a judgment."
According to a report by ESPN, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has decided not to discipline Adam Jones after the team's security staff looked into the incident. The Cowboys concluded that the incident occurred Tuesday night despite prior reports that it happened early Wednesday morning, ESPN reported. The bodyguard with which Jones scuffled in a hotel bathroom reportedly told the team's representative that the incident was minor.
The Dallas Morning News reported today that the Cowboys doubt Adam Jones will be disciplined by the league because the incident resulted in no criminal charges. According to the newspaper, the police issued a new police report today saying that two men and a woman were arguing in the lobby of the hotel around 11 p.m. Tuesday.
Hotel employees reportedly overheard a scuffle in a bathroom. Police determined the disturbance was over and no witnesses came forward, according to the Morning News. The bodyguard told police it was a private matter and he didn't want to pursue it any further, the Morning News reported. The hotel management told police the only damage was a broken glass light switch plate.
"I've been very clear with him about the fact that [Jones's off-field behavior] cannot reflect poorly on himself, the team or the NFL, and that there were certain things that I expected of him," Goodell said during his radio interview. "And I think he clearly understands that. I guess I would tell you that I'm disappointed that we're even discussing this at this point in time."
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