Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley
Hope you're sitting down for this one. Pacman Jones' Atlanta-based music label, National Street League Records, is going through a time of transition right now, which is to say it's gone belly-up. According to an ESPN The Magazine report, two former employees of the estimable NSLR won a judgment of more than $12,000 for unpaid salary and purchases on behalf of the now-defunct label.
With some downtime in 2007, Jones became the CEO of the music label and intended to send a rap group called the Posterboyz on a tour in 2008. With Jones' help, the group released a song called "Let it Shine" in August 2007. This is not to be confused with a childhood favorite that included the words "Hide it under a bush, OH NO! I'm gonna let it shine."
"Honestly, it's been a total nightmare that I've tried to forget," said Renee Harris, one of Jones' former employees. "He abandoned his label and staff without pay and completely disappeared. But since the judgment there's been some correspondence with his attorney. Hopefully this will end soon."
I just wish Jones would've asked for advice from his former Nashville neighbor, George "Possum" Jones, before launching a record label. It certainly must've seemed like a can't-miss project for a suspended player who was already up to his ears in debt.
Despite what he told Stephen A. Smith in an interview last week, I think we've seen the last of Pacman in the NFL. He's embarrassed himself and the league. Roger Goodell needs to put him on indefinite suspension and just let him cool his heels for another year or two. Some people are beyond saving. I'm pretty sure Pacman's in that group.