Pacman's 2007 suspension upheld after NFL denies union appeal

12/20/2007 - NFL Adam Jones Tennessee Titans + more

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The NFL rejected an appeal by the
players' union Thursday on behalf of suspended Titans cornerback
Adam "Pacman" Jones.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell turned down Jones' request for
leniency Nov. 6. The NFL Players' Association appealed that ruling
as excessive and had a hearing by telephone Dec. 14. But Jones must
serve the final two games of his season-long suspension.

"Commissioner Goodell notified Adam Jones today that his
suspension for the 2007 season will not be modified," the league
said in a statement.

"Once the Titans have concluded their 2007 season, Jones may
begin limited activities at the club's facility and, assuming no
further problems, will be eligible to participate fully in
Tennessee's off-season workout program."

Jones' attorney, Manny Arora, did not immediately return a
message left on his cell phone. The players' union did not
immediately return a message left by The Associated Press.

The Titans (8-6) are contending for their first playoff berth
since 2003.

Goodell suspended the sixth pick overall in the 2005 draft for
the season in April. Las Vegas police said Jones incited a strip
club fight that led to a triple shooting Feb. 19, leaving one man
paralyzed. He pleaded no contest in early December to a disorderly
conduct charge, agreeing to a year probation, random drug testing,
community service and anger management classes.

Jones has been arrested six times since being drafted, including
two arrests in Georgia in 2006 that the Titans did not learn about
until 2007.

Charges in two other cases are pending. A felony obstruction
charge in Georgia from February 2006 is on a court docket for
March, and public intoxication and disorderly conduct charges in
Tennessee from August 2006 are on a court docket for Jan. 3.