A person familiar with details of Jones' appeal told The
Associated Press of the hearing, but requested anonymity because
the scheduling has not been officially announced.
Commissioner Roger Goodell declined to ease Jones' season-long
suspension Nov. 6, and the NFL Players' Association appealed that
decision a couple days later. But the union's appeal has been
limited because Jones dropped his own appeal in June.
The NFL declined to comment when asked if the appeal would be
heard Friday. Union officials did not return several messages from
The Associated Press. They realize their appeal has little chance
of success, especially with the hearing coming with only two weeks
left in the 2007 season.
The appeal was first reported by The Tennessean in its Thursday
Jones' status in the NFL will be reviewed by league officials
once the Titans' season ends. The Titans (7-6) remain in contention
for their first playoff berth since 2003.
Goodell suspended the sixth pick overall in the 2005 draft for
the 2007 season in April, a move that followed Jones being tabbed
by Las Vegas police for inciting a strip club fight that led to a
triple shooting Feb. 19, leaving one man paralyzed.
Jones has been arrested six times since being drafted, including
two arrests in Georgia in 2006 that the Titans did not learn about
until 2007. He reached a plea deal last month in Las Vegas,
settling two felony counts of coercion into a gross misdemeanor.
Also Thursday night, Jones told a high school football banquet
in Nashville that he's "made a whole lot of bad decisions."
Addressing the Whites Creek players, he said trouble "is easy
to get into, hard to get out of."
"I loved to enjoy myself," Jones said. "I came from $10 in
the bank to $15 million in the bank. The hardest thing for me to do
was turn my back on my friends. At the end of the day, I learned
things the hard way."