NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Adam "Pacman" Jones can appear at a
wrestling show Sunday, with a couple of provisions: The suspended
Tennessee Titans cornerback won't be allowed to touch or be
touched, use or be hit by any object or anything else that could
That doesn't leave much for Jones.
But at least he can be in the building for the Total Nonstop
Action Wrestling pay-per-view event. The arrangement was approved
by a Tennessee judge Saturday following an agreement among the
Titans, Jones' attorney and lawyers for TNA Entertainment.
The Titans received a temporary restraining order Friday that
prohibited Jones, who was suspended from the NFL for the 2007 season for
violating the personal conduct policy, from even being present at
a TNA event.
With Jones promoted to appear at the "Hard Justice" show
Sunday night in Orlando, Fla., lawyers worked to resolve the
Titans' concerns. Judge Jeff Bivins approved the deal following a
10-minute meeting in his chambers. Jones did not attend the
Steve Underwood, chief operating officer of the Titans, said
nothing changed as far as the team is concerned.
"It doesn't mean he can't participate and be present at
whatever he's under contract to do with them. It just means that he
can't participate in anything where he's going to get hurt. That
was always our concern," Underwood said.
And what if Jones does get hurt?
"We're not going to go there. He's not going to get hurt,"
Underwood said. "He can't do anything that poses risk of
significant injury, and all parties are in agreement with that."
The NFL isn't scheduled to review Jones' case until after the
Titans' 10th game, which is Nov. 19 at Denver. Jones lawyer Worrick
Robinson said the Titans made it clear they still care about his
client and want to see him return to the football field.
The original court order applied only to Jones. TNA and
co-founder Jeff Jarrett joined the talks and were added as parties
to the agreement. An attorney representing TNA was asked if company
officials preferred to have Jones wrestle after Jarrett had worked
with the cornerback on his ring skills.
"We're very happy he's going to be there and be part of the
program," Robin Mitchell Joyce said
Added Robinson: "I think the limited grappling that he was
going to be involved with in the first place was not going to take
place immediately. But he is fine. He's willing to work within the
bounds of what he's agreed and what the judge has ordered."
Jones made his first appearance with TNA during its weekly cable
TV show "iMPACT!" Thursday night.
The Titans responded Friday by obtaining the restraining order
prohibiting him from participating in the show in any way, even as
a spectator or announcer. The Titans cited the NFL player contract
that prevents him from engaging in activities in which he could
Robinson said TNA may decide to have Jones be in the ring,
working within the approved agreement.
"He wanted to put on a show, and he wanted to prepare himself
for putting on a show. That's what he was doing," Robinson said.
"His role has just changed somewhat now."