Pacman Should Have Stayed In The Arcade

Pacman Jones had just started playing for the Dallas Cowboys shortly after I really started to get into football. I didn’t know much about him at the time. But now I know that he liked to get into a lot of trouble. He didn’t last with the team very long; I think it was just one season. I’m not even sure he was even that good. I mean whatever, just like Michael Vick people deserve second chances. Jerry Jones is big on that too I think, we have had a lot of let’s just say questionable players on the Cowboys roster. Our buddy Adam here was just a lost and troubled soul. I suppose we can’t really blame him for that. Because at the end of the day aren’t, we all just a tiny bit lost? I’m a prime example of a lost soul. I mean I’m still a devoted Dallas Cowboys fan. If that isn’t lost than I don’t know what is, honey. Ok, maybe we don’t try to find ourselves by swinging a gun around in a Las Vegas strip but you get my point. 

Adam Bernard “Pacman” Jones was born on September 30, 1983 in Atlanta, Georgia to Deborah Jones. He was raised by his Mom and Grandmother (Christine Jones). After his father was killed during an armed robbery in 1991. He attended Westlake High School where his football career really started to take off. Jones played in the Georgia-Florida all-star game, and was selected as the conference “Player of the Year” following his senior year after totaling 120 tackles, six interceptions and 1,850 rushing yards. In 2002 Pacman Jones went on to attend West Virginia University. He appeared in eleven games as a reserve cornerback and safety. 

In 2003 Jones played in all thirteen games. He started nine games as cornerback before taking over fulltime kick and punt return duties. That year he had a career high eighty-nine tackles, four interceptions, and one touchdown. He also had six tackles for losses, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries. In 2004 he was named secondary team captain and led the team in tackles and interceptions. As of right now Jones is ranked second on West Virginia’s career kickoff return yardage list with 1,475 yards. He is ranked 11th on the school’s career punt return yardage list with 404 yards, while his 10.92 yards per punt return is the sixth most in school history. Jones is one of the highest drafted West Virginia University players. In 2005 Pacman Jones opted out of his attending his senior year and declared himself eligible for the NFL draft.

He was the first defensive player drafted that year, taken sixth overall by the Tennessee Titans. Jones Grandmother unfortunately passed away in 2002 after a tough battle with cancer. He wore a t-shirt with her face on it the day he was drafted so she could be there with him. He missed out on most of training camp that season holding out in a contract dispute. According to Titans then general manager Floyd Reese the team was concerned with several off the field incidents involving Jones. Ok, so why did ya’ll draft him in the first place? Both sides finally came to agreement and Joned agreed that he would forego any singing bonus if he were ever convicted of a crime. So, I guess he would have to pay the team back. During his rookie season, he had 44 tackles and 10 pass deflections. On special teams, Jones totaled 1,399 return yards and one touchdown. During his rookie season, he had forty-four tackles and ten pass deflections. On special teams, Jones totaled 1,399 return yards and one touchdown.   

During his second season with the team, he had three punt return touchdowns tying the franchise record with Billy “White Shoes” Johnson. Johnson’s record had been set in 1975. He would eventually go on to break Johnson’s record that same season when he added another two touchdowns to his list. During a game against the Washington team that shall not be named Pacman stripped the ball from Antwaan Randle El for the first forced fumble of his career. Despite his amazing second season there were talks that the Titans were seriously considering letting him go. According to Reese they were beyond pleased with Jones’ performance on the field bit that he had been nothing but a disaster off the field. 

On April 10, 2007, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced that Jones would be given a one-year suspension for violation of the NFL player conduct policy, to be re-evaluated after the tenth regular-season game, pending the outcome of current cases, which Jones appealed. This was the first time in forty-four years that a player was suspended for an offense other than substance abuse. I do remember that because the media made it a huge deal and it was talked about for weeks. Pacman Jones took up a whole page in The Tennessean newspaper to plead his case with the NFL and his team. During his suspension Jones apparently became a wrestler with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. I don’t know much about that but I really can’t picture this dude wrestling. As promised ten weeks into the season Goodell reviewed Jones suspension and decided against reducing or overturning it. By the way, does anyone know if Goodell is out as the commissioner this year? I kept hearing stuff about 2021 being his last season but they haven’t announced a replacement or anything. I mean the guy has been through some shit. Deflategate, Spygate, Aaron Hernandez, Ray Lewis, Saints Headhunting, COVID, and more. I would be ready to step down too. 

On February 1, 2008 Roger Goodell told ESPN he remained disappointed with Jones behavior and he would most likely not be reinstated after the Super Bowl that year. On March 8, 2008 Pacman Jones went on air with a local Tennesse radio station and told the hosts that he wanted to play for the Dallas Cowboys if the Titans decided to let him go. I guess Jerry was listening to the broadcast that day. On April 23, 2008 Pacman Jones was officially traded to the Dallas Cowboys for a fourth-round draft pick. After Jones was reinstated the Cowboys would also give the Titans a sixth-round draft pick. Yes, the Jerry Jones made the trade before Jones was even allowed to play again. On April 24th of that year former Dallas Cowboys superstars Michael Irvin and Deion Sanders said they would be willing to help the cornerback get back on track with his life and career. In June Jones was cleared to attended the Dallas Cowboys training camp. On November 19, 2008 Jerry Jones (no relation, in case you didn’t know) told the media that Pacman had be reinstated to play by Goodell.   

I’m going to go ahead and wrap up his career because I need to leave time for the juicy stuff. Believe me, there is a lot. On January 7, 2009 the Cowboys released Jones. After having no success being picked up by another team, he went to play for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the CFL (Canadian Football League) in August of that year. On September 2, 2009 the Blue Bombers stated that they were not longer interested in Jones after he made comments on YouTube about the league. What a dumbass, how can anyone be that stupid? On May 10, 2010 Jones signed a two-year contract with the Cincinatti Bengals. Things went well and I guess he managed to stay out of trouble because on March 9, 2013 he signed to play with the Bengals for an additional three years. Jones was suspended for the first game of the 2017 season for once again violating the league’s personal conduct policy. On March 9, 2018 Pacman Jones became a free agent. On August 26, 2018 he signed with the Denver Broncos. He played seven games with the team before being released on November 20, 2019. On May 24, 2019 Adam “Pacman” Jones retired from the NFL. 

Well, that was the shit show called Pacman Jones football career. Now let’s look what went down off the field. This is going to be good. When Jones was drafted, he was on probation for a public fight he was involved in while still at West Virginia University. On July 14, 2005, Jones was arrested on charges of assault and felony vandalism stemming from a nightclub altercation in Nashville. Oh no baby, what is you doing? Already starting off pretty bad my friend. On September 5, 2005, police had to become involved when Jones engaged in a loud verbal tantrum after being told to wait in line for his vehicle at the annual Nashville Sports Council Kickoff luncheon. God forbid you have to wait in line for something. That is just a disgrace!  He refused to pay for valet services used that evening, claiming he had no money. I told you this stuff was going to be good. In February 2006 Jones was arrested in Fayetteville, Georgia for possession of marijuana. Oh, he likes to smokey smokey the devil’s lettuce. Those charges were quickly dropped but the state pressed charges for felony and misdemeanor counts of obstruction of justice. Whatever he did the state didn’t like it very much. 

 In April 2006 A Cadillac with Jones’ nickname “Pacman” stitched in the headrests was seized during a cocaine bust. On August 25, 2006 Jones was arrested in Murfreesboro, Tennessee for disorderly conduct and public intoxication at a nightclub after he spat on a woman, he accused of stealing his wallet. Police said they ordered Jones to leave several times, but he refused, continuing to shout profanities at the woman. He was given six months’ probation. On October 26, 2006, Jones was cited for misdemeanor assault for allegedly spitting in the face of a female Tennessee State University student during a private party at Club Mystic, a Nashville nightclub. Oh, hell no! That is beyond disrespectful, if you think it is ok to spit on anybody you need help. HE *clap* HAD *clap* THE *clap* AUDACITY *clap* TO *clap* SPIT *clap* ON *clap* SOMEONE! I can’t even deal with him.  I don’t mean you accidently spit when talking or something. I really hate spit so let’s move on now. On February 19, 2007 while in Las Vegas enjoying the NBA All-Star game weekend Pacman was involved in an altercation with a dancer while visiting Minxx strip club. Jones, Nelly (Yes, the rap artist) and, a man by the name of Richard Rich showered the stage with hundreds of one-dollar bills. Oh Ok, they were making it rain in that bitch! A club promoter instructed the dancers to collect the money. I mean they threw it up there so that is their hard-earned money. You get them dollars girls! 

Pacman Jones became “enraged” when a dancer started taking the money without his permission. Look buddy, she doesn’t need your permission if you literally offered up the money. Jones grabbed the dancer by her hair and slammed her face into the stage. A security guard of course intervened and Pacman began to threaten the man’s life. Later that night someone from Jones “entourage” returned with a gun and began firing inside the club. He hit and injured three people. One of the men shot that night was former professional wrestler Tommy Urbanski. He would end up being paralyzed from the waist down. Jones swore up and down that he did not know the shooter and was no way involved in the incident. On March 26, 2007 Adam (I’m mad at him so now I’m calling him Adam) Jones was charged with one count of felony coercion, one misdemeanor count of battery and one misdemeanor count of threat to life.  

Following the altercation drug dealer Darryl Jerome Moore was arrested on an unrelated issue. Somehow the two men knew each other.  Wiretapped phone conversations between Moore and his friends revealed Moore talking about how Jones bet on college games to earn quick money. On November 13, 2007, Jones accepted a plea deal in relation to the strip club case, and on December 6 Jones pleaded no contest to one charge of conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. He was given a suspended prison sentence of one year, probation, and ordered to perform two hundred hours of community service. I just want to know why his ass wasn’t in jail by that point. Clearly probation isn’t working. On June 25, 2007, Tommy Urbanski and his wife, Kathy, sued Jones in civil court, claiming that Jones had bitten his left ankle and was responsible for the shooting. I’m not sure how that ended but I’m going to guess it didn’t end well for Urbanski. Him and his wife got a little greedy and tried to sue the Titans organization as a whole. Claiming that if the Titans had suspended Jones before the NBA All Star Weekend the incident at the strip club never would have happened. Like, what? On April 21, 2008, a document revealed that Jones, through intermediaries, paid $15,000 extortion money in two installments to Arvin Kenti Edwards, the alleged Minxx club shooter. THE PLOT THICKENS! *dramatic background music*  

On January 15, 2012, a jury ordered Jones to pay $11.6 million to Urbanski and Aaron Cudworth, a bouncer who was wounded, for Jones’ role in the 2007 Las Vegas shooting. Jones’ attorney said he planned to appeal the verdict. Good luck with that buddy. On January 9, 2015, the Nevada Supreme Court upheld the order for Jones to pay $11 million to Urbanski and $1.3 million to Cudworth. I suppose you can’t blame his attorney for trying. I don’t think this was related to Urbanski’s civil lawsuit. Well, that was the Las Vegas fiasco. So, we are going to close the lid on that issue just to move to more fun ones. You know what? I’m just going to put everything else in list form because I can’t go on. This man is exhausting! 

  • On May 7, 2007, Jones was stopped at 12:45 a.m. on Interstate 65 heading into downtown Nashville after an officer clocked him on radar at 79 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour zone. But don’t we all speed?
  • On January 15, 2008, Jones was accused of hitting a woman in a strip club in Atlanta, Georgia on the morning of January 3.
  • On June 21, 2008, the Associated Press reported Jones’ $1.5 million home was in foreclosure. Damn I guess the dude spent his money like water and couldn’t pay the mortage.
  • On October 8, 2008, Jones was involved in an altercation with his bodyguard in a Dallas hotel. As a result, he was suspended for a minimum of four games by the NFL for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.
  • On January 3, 2017, Jones was arrested in Cincinnati’s central district for obstructing official business, disorderly conduct, assault, and a felony charge of harassment with a bodily substance.
  • On July 10, 2018, Jones was attacked by an Atlanta airport employee, who was arrested for assault. Ok, in this case he wasn’t the one doing the attacking.
  • Now we have reached the end. I honestly don’t know what to say. All of this gave me a damn headache. I don’t think we will ever know how far Pacman Jones could have gone in the NFL. He clearly had the talent just not the brains. Where do you think he would be now if managed to stay out of trouble? His name is well known in the NFL fan base. Not because of what he did on the field but what he did off of it. I don’t like Pacman the arcade game and I don’t like this guy. How do you get kicked out of the NFL and CFL? I guess we could also ask Johnny Manziel about that. Remember that flop?


“Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones Speaks” – TMZ

“Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones” – Law & Crime

“Pacman Jones” – IMBD

Adam “Pacman” Jones when he played for the Cincinnati Bengals and the Dallas Cowboys


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