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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."

By Mark Maske  |  October 9, 2008; 2:11 PM ET  | Category:  Cowboys , Crime , League Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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lots of talent. lots of expectations from lots of sources. no where near the class of person or athlete as Sean Taylor, but I hope he avoids the same fate because he can't figure it out like Sean apparently did, but still couldn't escape. I didn't know #21, but I respected him as a person and a player. I can't say the same for Jones.

Posted by: butler | October 10, 2008 12:08 AM

Why the excuses? It's a job. If you can't handle yourself, find another job. This kind of behavior is excused by idiot fans, but I doubt they'd think it was okay if their colleagues did it. I never hear people say, "Hey, I was at the grocery store with my daughter and the security guard and another employee started throwing punches, but hey, that's okay, he probably had a bad day."---no, in real life they'd be fired.

Posted by: Blammo | October 9, 2008 9:27 PM

Excuse me for being naive, but comments suggesting that the "Pacman" Jones story was released because the media in general, and ESPN in particular, are racist are patent nonsense.
ESPN reported the story because this particular player has a rap sheet that stretches from Dallas to Tennessee and back. He's a talented player who has decided to live like a gangster and he paid the price. He's no different from any celebrity: is Britney Spears black? Lindsay Lohan? When anyone in the public eye gets into trouble repeatedly the media reports it avidly because Joe Public likes to see celebrities, whether they are white movie stars or black athletes, in trouble. Celebrities usually make a lot more money than the average person so there is some resentment and especially, a low threshold of tolerance for stupid behavior.
Pacman Jones probably deserves some slack, but if he had never gotten into trouble before (repeatedly), he would not attract so much attention now. But white football players--did Tony Romo catch heck or what for simply dating Jessica Simpson?--Hispanic baseball players (re: Manny Ramirez), Russian basketball players or Czech hockey players are all in the same boat: if they screw up, lots of fans like to hear about it, for a variety of reasons. ESPN would be stupid not to pursue stories that they think their viewers have an interest in, however perverse their interest may be.

Posted by: dzukijason | October 9, 2008 7:56 PM

People are rediculous... Maybe he got into a pushing match with the guy or something... BFD... he's probably sick of this guy being around all the time & he got on his nerves. I'm a skins fan but I'm just tired of everytime a dude took takes a Sh*t that we have to hear about it. Pacman is no saint, but damn everyone blamed him for the guy getting shot in the Vegas club but he didn't know the shooter & the shooter tried to extort Pacman which lead to his arrest in Seattle. The league isn't going to find out anything, if there were no witnesses then it didn't happen. Later.

Posted by: Tony | October 9, 2008 7:55 PM

I want nothing more, than to see the Cow-pies fail, fold and fumble.
This is just one more, step towards that end.

Posted by: Bishop TuTu | October 9, 2008 6:15 PM

I wouldn't mind much if the entire Dallas secondary came down with malaria, but seriously, Pacman might have a bit of a partyin' problem he needs to take care of but quick if he wants to continue playing..

Posted by: frak | October 9, 2008 6:02 PM

How is any security gaurd hired by Jones going to testify against Pac Man without losing his job? Jerry Jones would hire Satan if he could play corner!

Posted by: donmac | October 9, 2008 5:16 PM

Talk about sh*tting the doghouse, how many millions does it take to placate and pacify dudes like Pac not to behave badly?? Pacman seems so deeply woven into the sh*te, it'd take a direct intervention from the Golden Gods of Football to extract him back to a safe base..Or a bribe from Jerry..

Posted by: frak | October 9, 2008 4:38 PM

Looks like everyone owes Pacman an apology. Especially the racist media.

Posted by: kdog | October 9, 2008 4:24 PM

What did I try to tell you people!!!

this just in from the bums at ESPN!!!

Pacman won't be disciplined by Cowboys

An internal investigation by the Dallas Cowboys into Adam "Pacman" Jones' latest incident concludes that he was not in violation of his contract, or the understanding about conduct he had with owner Jerry Jones, a high-ranking team official said.

The team plans no disciplinary action, the source said.

An independent investigation by NFL security is underway but has not yet presented a report to commissioner Roger Goodell.

Jones, who practiced Thursday, was not in the locker room to address the incident, which police are calling a private matter that will not lead to charges.

According to an investigation conducted by team security, the team official said Jones did get into a brief scuffle with the bodyguard who was assigned to the defensive back for a private event Tuesday night at a Dallas hotel.

The bodyguard, an off-duty policeman who is part of a security detail assigned to Jones, told team security that some "kidding around" and "playfulness" between himself and the player resulted in a brief scuffle in a restroom. A vanity mirror suffered minor damage.

A team official said the incident happened shortly after 11 p.m., although it has been reported that police were not called until 1:30 a.m.

Police determined that the incident did not merit any charges. Jones and his bodyguard, along with Jones' girlfriend and cousin, left the event together before midnight.

The head of security for the Cowboys delivered his findings to Jerry Jones, whom sources say is content in the belief the incident has been overblown. However, the owner has reminded the player that Adam Jones' reputation and prior incidents place him under the highest scrutiny.

In an appearance on ESPN Radio on Thursday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said the league was trying to find out exactly what happened before rendering any decision.

"It's clear there was some type of an incident," Goodell said. "Once we do understand the facts then we can make a judgment."

Goodell said he was in Dallas on Wednesday, where he talked to the team but did not speak with Adam Jones individually.

"I'm disappointed that we're even discussing this at this point in time," he said.

Meanwhile in Dallas, Jones' teammate Tank Johnson, who also has been suspended under the personal conduct policy in the past, came to Jones' defense.

Standing in front of dozens of reporters and boom mikes, Johnson said the incident had been "blown out of proportion."

Johnson scolded one reporter and said he didn't think Goodell, a man he's quite familiar with, would take action.

"I think it's something we can handle in-house," Johnson said. "Sometimes you don't have to go to the principal's office. You can just handle it in the classroom."

Chris Mortensen is a senior NFL analyst for's Matt Mosley and The

Posted by: Anonymous | October 9, 2008 3:53 PM

Typical ESPN trying to boost viewership with a bunch of crap! ESPN never gets it right. If you check their history 90% of the dirt they report first turns out to be false. The Terrell Owens suicide was a recent lie they spread via their programming. They have a theme of highlighting so call trouble Black athletes and they love to pounce on. It feeds into the sportstalk radio racist who hate today's black athletes. It permiates society all the way down to police officers and how they approach calls regarding athletes. It's the big conspiricy to degrade the Black athlete and flood the airways with negativity design to exhaust the public and get them(athletes) to lose support and dollars. In a nutshell. The barrage of stories about athletes is a bunch of Hate, jealousy...and racism all pilled in one. As usual I guarantee when the facts are gathered it won't be anything like it was first reported. That's the ESPN racist way. They are truly...truly sad and desperate for an audience. btw, I guess you can tell. I don't believe any of this crap!! No fight...nothing anywhere close took place. You'll see. This is typical of sportstalk radio and ESPN today. They have an agenda. Trust me.

Posted by: kdog | October 9, 2008 3:41 PM

A minor incident, eh? I wonder how much money suddenly appeared in the security guards bank account? I hope they don't ask Adam for any of his signing bonus back...

Posted by: PLUMBER BUBBA | October 9, 2008 3:36 PM

Well as some of the previous post state of course Jerry isn't going to do anything about his stepson ADAM PACMAN LIL JERRY JONES...with the loss of Terrence Newman already they need him now more then ever...You think the police haven't been paid off for not filing any charges??? The incident happened at 11:00 or so but the on duty police weren't called until 1:30 long enough to cover up and pay off the necessary people and get your story straight. The commish may by this but fans around the league know the skinny...Jerry Jones and the folks in Dallas know the ship is starting to sink and their plugging holes anyway they can....don't think it'll work too many ticking time bombs on that ship...

Posted by: papaskynz | October 9, 2008 3:35 PM

Of course Jerry is not going to take any action. Not only does he condone this clown, with Terrance Newman out, he needs Crack Man on the field.

Posted by: virtueandvice | October 9, 2008 3:22 PM

Little boy, Jones - should be suspended without pay for a minimum of 16 games

Posted by: Gary | October 9, 2008 2:57 PM

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