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DIESELMAN
05-30-2007, 08:21 AM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The NFL Players Association is supporting Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=7182)' appeal for leniency to league commissioner Roger Goodell.
"Your suspension of Jones without pay for the entire 2007 season is clearly excessive and much greater than discipline imposed upon other players for the same or similar incidents," the NFLPA said in a letter to Goodell on May 23.
The letter, obtained Tuesday by ESPN and other media organizations, was signed by staff counsel Thomas J. DePaso.
The union generally supports players when they are disciplined by the league or teams -- it's a standard part of protecting players' jobs. Two years ago, it took Terrell Owens' suspension by the Philadelphia Eagles to arbitration.
Goodell suspended Jones April 10 for a series of off-field incidents in two seasons with the Titans. Jones and his attorneys appealed the suspension May 11; Goodell has not issued a decision on the appeal.
Jones had been suspended partly because of pending charges, which the union wrote "violates clearly established principles of employment and labor law."
The letter said "no player has ever been disciplined by the commissioner for conduct relating to criminal charges while they are pending."
Jones' punishment stemmed from arrests in February for obstruction of police in Georgia and public intoxication and disorderly conduct last August. Goodell also cited Jones for failing to report the February arrest and a March arrest on marijuana possession charges. The marijuana charges were later dismissed.
In Las Vegas, police have recommended charges against Jones for inciting a fight inside a strip club in February that resulted in a triple shooting and left one man paralyzed.
The Georgia case has been postponed until fall.
Manny Arora, Jones' lawyer, said Tuesday the letter "speaks for itself."
"The NFLPA has outlined their position in their letter," he said, declining to comment further.
The Titans, meanwhile, have signed veteran cornerback Nick Harper (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=5790) and used their top draft pick this year on safety Michael Griffin (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?statsId=8273), who may be shifted to cornerback.
Jones, in two seasons, became a shutdown cornerback and dangerous punt returner. He was the sixth overall selection and first defensive player taken in the 2005 draft.


Man oh man, I hope Goodell shows hes got some cajones and sticks to his decision. Whether Jones is guilty or not, hes set a track record for screwing up, his suspension is a message to the rest of the league. To bad " Pac-man" woke up too late, he needs to be a man, suck it up and drive on.

Blitzburgh55
05-30-2007, 03:52 PM
Pacman hasnt been arrsted yet in the NFL and Chirs Henry got arrsted like 5 times yet Henty gets less games

AZ_Steeler
05-30-2007, 03:58 PM
But when you look at the severity of Pac Man's involvements it's more severe than Henry just being stupid. Besides, the dude got a ticket just days before he met with the commish and he violated his self imposed curfew, he was driving without a license... the appeal does need to be denied and the current suspension upheld!

It's the only way these guys are going to learn a lesson!

Black@Gold Forever32
05-30-2007, 04:13 PM
The NFLPA should be considered that Goodell let Pac Man off the hook by onlying suspending him for only 1 season....Both Pac Man and Chris Henry should be banned for life.....Plus Mike Vick if further evidence comes out that he indeed take part in dog fighting should be gone for a year....

BlitzburghRockCity
05-30-2007, 06:09 PM
The NFLPA just pisses me off sometimes. They talk and talk about supporting punishments for players that screwup because they don't want the league or themselves labeled as troublemakers yet when someone gets fined or suspended.."OH MAN WE CAN'T HAVE THAT"

Gimme a damn break, Pacman was/is a troublemaker and whether he was arrested or not makes no difference, the dude was involved in some way shape or form with these incidences. He should know better than to get himself involved in this stuff, so now it's time to pay the piper !

25MVPKing
05-30-2007, 07:06 PM
So sad to see the NFLPA going to bat for thugs, but not former players that made the league what it is today.

Black@Gold Forever32
05-30-2007, 07:11 PM
So sad to see the NFLPA going to bat for thugs, but not former players that made the league what it is today.

Post Of The Day.....Great point bro.....You're totally right its sad the NFLPA won't help the ex players from the past but are sticking up for the thugs of today....I just shake my head.....

House of Steel
05-30-2007, 07:16 PM
NFLPA needs to be abolished if they are going to continue to uphold the stupidity and neglect of punishment and suspensions. I will expect Goodell's suspension to be upheld and done for. Pac-Man is an *** and so is Henry. DO YOUR DUTY AND SHUT UP ONCE AND FOR ALL. YOU FOULED UP and YOU WILL PAY!!!

25MVPKing
05-30-2007, 07:28 PM
Post Of The Day.....Great point bro.....You're totally right its sad the NFLPA won't help the ex players from the past but are sticking up for the thugs of today....I just shake my head.....
Thanks... we seem to see eye to eye on just about everything.

Black@Gold Forever32
05-30-2007, 07:30 PM
Thanks... we seem to see eye to eye on just about everything.

Hey you make alot of good points and your a welcomed addition here to SA.:bigthumb:

SteelersfaninPhilly
05-30-2007, 07:50 PM
Under the new conduct policy. All appeals are heard by Goodell. For some reason the NFLPA. Never sought to have a final say authority sent to arbitrator.