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Jones drops appeal of one-year NFL suspension

NEW YORK -- Adam "Pacman" Jones accepted his yearlong
suspension Tuesday, pledging to repair an image that made the
Tennessee Titans cornerback the poster child for NFL misconduct.

His decision came after a third meeting with commissioner Roger
Goodell.

"I understand my responsibilities to my teammates, the Titans
and my fans and I am committed to turning my life around and being
a positive member of the NFL," Jones said in a statement issued by agent Michael Huyghue.

Jones was suspended after 10 encounters with police and five
arrests since he was drafted in 2005.

"Last week, I asked for an opportunity to meet privately with
commissioner Goodell," Jones said. "I met with him earlier today
to tell him about the steps I have taken to change my life since
being suspended by the NFL. I accept the discipline that's been
imposed on me and I am withdrawing my appeal."

Neither the NFL nor the Titans commented.

Still pending is a case in Las Vegas involving a fight and
shooting at a strip club during the NBA All-Star weekend that left
one person paralyzed.

The outcome of that case could determine whether the suspension
is reduced from 16 games to 10 games. That could happen if Jones
adheres to the conditions set by Goodell and is not arrested again.
If he misses the entire season, the suspension will cost him his
salary of nearly $1.3 million.

Lt. George Castro in Las Vegas said police still have not
connected what happened inside the strip club and the shooting that
took place outside. No new suspects have been identified and police
are not seeking new charges based on new information developed
during the three months since District Attorney David Roger first
declined to prosecute, Castro said.

I understand my responsibilities to my teammates, the Titans
and my fans and I am committed to turning my life around and being
a positive member of the NFL.

Pacman Jones

Huyghue said Jones intended to keep working out and would go
back to school, taking courses online from West Virginia
University, where he played.

Jones' suspension was the most severe of three handed down this
spring by Goodell as part of the commissioner's crackdown on player
misbehavior during a year featuring the arrest of nine Cincinnati
Bengals.

Tank Johnson of Chicago and Chris Henry of Cincinnati each got
eight games. Johnson served two months in jail for violating
probation on a gun charge. Henry, Jones' teammate at West Virginia,
was arrested four times in 14 months. Henry served a two-game
suspension last season.

Last week, the Titans took steps to fill Jones' vacancy by
signing Kelly Herndon, a former starter at cornerback for Denver
and Seattle.