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Pacman will appeal his suspension today

Associated Press • May 11, 2007 at 9:12 AM

NASHVILLE - Adam "Pacman" Jones once said he could accept whatever punishment NFL commissioner Roger Goodell gave him. Suspended for the 2007 season, the Tennessee Titans' cornerback changed his mind.

Jones and his attorneys were scheduled to meet with Goodell at an undisclosed location today in New York to appeal the length of his suspension for conduct detrimental to the NFL.

The cornerback's attorneys did not return telephone messages left by The Associated Press on their cell phones Thursday. Jones' only public comments came last month during a boxing match at a Mississippi casino and in a full-page newspaper ad.

But a letter sent to the NFL's labor relations counsel previewed their argument that at least 283 other players have been arrested or charged since January 2000 and none were suspended a season.

Jones has been arrested five times and talked to police 10 times since being drafted in 2005, but has not been convicted in any cases. A plea agreement in a public intoxication and disorderly conduct case last August could be at risk.

The latest incident involves a fight and triple shooting at a Las Vegas strip club in February during the NBA All-Star weekend. Police have recommended charges against Jones for starting the fight but are still investigating the shooting that left a man paralyzed.

Goodell will also have a hearing on Wednesday with Bears defensive tackle Tank Johnson about his off-field problems. Johnson will be released from jail Sunday after serving 60 days of a 120-day sentence for violating parole in a 2005 case.

Goodell also suspended Cincinnati receiver Chris Henry for eight games and gave Jones the chance to have his case reviewed after the Titans' 10th game, which is Nov. 19 at Denver. But he also warned this is the last chance to salvage his career after embarrassing the Titans and the NFL.

"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," Goodell wrote in a letter to Jones and Henry.

A decision is not expected from Goodell today, but the commissioner who took over in September also has said he is determined to protect the league's integrity.

Jones and Henry were the first players Goodell punished before announcing a new personal conduct policy.

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