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Titans' Jones to meet with Goodell in wake of mounting legal troubles

March 27th, 2007 11:09 pm by Associated Press



PHOENIX - Adam "Pacman" Jones will meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on April 3 to discuss the Tennessee Titans cornerback's run-ins with the law.


A person within the league familiar with Jones' situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday that a hearing will occur next Tuesday. That person requested anonymity because the hearing has not been announced.


Goodell is unlikely to make any decision on a suspension or fine at that time, because the commissioner's new, stricter player conduct policy has not been completed.


The hearing was first reported by the NFL Network.


Titans coach Jeff Fisher said Tuesday he has not spoken with Jones since just after the Las Vegas incident "when we helped facilitate the first meeting with police."


"He's very disappointed with what's happened," Fisher said. "He thinks he let the city, the fans and his teammates and the organization down."


On Monday, Las Vegas police recommended prosecutors file a felony charge of coercion and misdemeanor charges of battery and threat against Jones, stemming from a Feb. 19 strip club fight and shooting.


Jones has talked to police in 10 separate incidents since being drafted in April 2005 and has been arrested five times.


Fisher, for one, fully supports a stricter NFL conduct policy.


"Our organization is very much in favor of the commissioner's involvement," he said. "We're very much in tune with him. He has a plan and is determined, as are all of us, to minimize, if not eliminate this."


While Jones awaits possible charges in the Las Vegas case, a Tennessee prosecutor said Tuesday he will revive a criminal case against Jones if the Titans cornerback is charged in Nevada.


In January, Jones struck a deal with Rutherford County prosecutors on misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct. He was given a chance to avoid jail and have the counts expunged from his record if he stayed out of trouble until July 5.


"In the event we determine he hasn't ..., we would file a motion and ask that the case be reinstated to the court docket," District Attorney General William Whitesell told the AP.


Whitesell said he has followed that investigation through the media. "It's always frustrating in situations where we have an opportunity to get cases off our docket and give a chance to work things out. It's not unique to him. It's frustrating," Whitesell said. The attorney who represented Jones in that case didn't immediately return calls seeking comment. One of the attorneys representing Jones in the Las Vegas case had no comment Tuesday afternoon. Jones also has charges pending from a February 2006 Georgia case. Fisher expressed his disappointment that Jones' troubles have stolen the spotlight from the Titans' turnaround on the field. "With the off-field things, it's been a challenge," he said. "From the standpoint of when it's the first thing discussed in the morning and the last in the evening, it is (draining). It's taken the limelight, and it's been difficult. As much as we want to talk about it, it's difficult to get info. To voice the organization's true feelings on the matter, we need to get all the information." Goodell said Monday that discipline will be stepped up under the new player conduct policy, and he hoped to have it in place next month. He's considering making disciplinary decisions before the April 28-29 draft. Teams, as well as individual players, could be subjected to punishment or sanctions. "It's a complicated issue, and there are no simple answers," Goodell said. "We're going to hold the clubs more accountable. If the clubs are providing the right resources that have a positive impact on personal conduct, we will take that into account."

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