While Adam "Pacman" Jones remains suspended by the NFL, the Tennessee Titans cornerback continues to go to strip clubs and has missed more mandatory counseling sessions, a league source told ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
While Jones' return to the NFL was in no way imminent, representatives for the cornerback have been told by high-ranking NFL officials not to expect him to be reinstated in the immediate future, sources said.
Jones was hoping to be reinstated following the Super Bowl.
On Tuesday, the Titans informed Jones and his representatives in a meeting that they plan to attempt to trade him, but Jones can't be traded until he is reinstated.
The Titans had no comment on Jones' status, though it released a statement, saying in part: "Assuming he is reinstated at some point, which we have received no indication when or if that will occur, we face various decisions. At this point, no decisions have been reached ... We will not comment otherwise until the suspension has ended and we have reached conclusions about his future with the club."
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he
remains "disappointed" with Jones' decision making and that the player might need
more time to prove his behavior has changed.
In an interview with The Tennessean following his annual state of the NFL address Friday in Phoenix, Goodell said continued
incidents involving Jones have gotten his attention, and the
cornerback has not "demonstrated that he understands the message
clearly and that he is making the correct decisions."
An NFL spokesman told ESPN a decision on Jones will be made in the offseason, after the Super Bowl.
However, Worrick Robinson, Jones' attorney, said Jones would like to return to the Titans if and when he is reinstated, The (Nashville) Tennessean reported Friday.
"He likes playing for the Titans, he cares tremendously for his fellow players and appreciates the relationships he has with the coaches," Robinson said Thursday, according to the report. "But he's got to be reinstated first, and then the Titans will have decisions they'll have to make at some point."
Separately, a Tennessee judge dismissed two misdemeanor charges Thursday
from an incident Aug. 25, 2006, leaving only one Georgia criminal charge
still pending against him. But Jones didn't help himself
by being in an Atlanta strip club Jan. 3 while the Titans were
prepping for a playoff game.
An attorney who asked that Jones be arrested for allegedly
punching her withdrew her request Jan. 16. Atlanta police said
Thursday they will not investigate Jones without the victim's help.
Robinson said the issue of Jones being in a club remained and that there's no excuse for
"He's a grown man. ... But he's got to take responsibility for
his actions. When he's asked, he's going to have to step up and say
he was there, that there is no excuse," Robinson said.
Goodell's strict standards are well-documented.
Originally suspended the first four games of the 2006 season for
skipping a drug test, the punishment was extended to a full season
after a drunk driving arrest. Two Georgia men accused Thurman of
kicking and hitting them at a party last June. No charges were
filed, but Goodell turned down Thurman's request to reinstate him
The Titans might not want Jones back. They went from giving up the most yards defensively in the NFL in 2006 with Jones to fifth-best and a 10-6 record with a playoff
berth without him.
A video popped up recently on the Internet
showing Jones saying he saw himself in Dallas with a couple of Pro
Bowls in two or three years.
Jones did not comment Thursday when asked if he had done enough
to be reinstated. Robinson said the video was shot last summer, when
Jones was upset at not being allowed to take part in training camp.
"He still considers himself to be a member of the Titans' team
until he's told otherwise. We don't have any reason to think
otherwise. But again, he's got to be reinstated before that hurdle
can be crossed," Robinson said.
One step in that direction came with the dismissal of
misdemeanor public intoxication and disorderly conduct charges
stemming from an incident Aug. 25, 2006, outside a club in this
Jones had been upset over his missing wallet and was arrested
after cursing at officers before leaving.
With Jones' no contest plea in Las Vegas on Dec. 6, he now has
only one pending charge of felony obstruction left in Georgia from
a February 2006 encounter with a police officer. A hearing in that
case has been postponed until March.
The most authorities here could have punished Jones was a $50
fine for each charge, and District Attorney William Whitesell said
Jones had been punished much more for his behavior
through the league's suspension.
He missed out on $1.29 million in base salary.
This case had been settled a year ago. Jones had to pay court
costs and go through anger management with the judge telling him to
stay out of trouble for six months.
But Las Vegas police named Jones as the person who incited a
fight inside a strip club on Feb. 19, 2007, that led to a triple
shooting that left one man paralyzed. Whitesell argued last July
that Jones being charged in Nevada was enough to show that the
cornerback did not follow the agreement.
Jones pleaded no contest Dec. 6 in Las Vegas to conspiracy to
commit disorderly conduct in a plea deal reducing two felony
Before dismissing these charges, the prosecutor asked Jones to
apologize to the officer in writing, which he did.
"Mr. Jones hopefully has learned something and been punished
enough," Whitesell said.
The judge also asked Jones to speak to the court, and the
cornerback said he has learned a lot about dealing with others and
how to conduct himself.
"It won't happen again," he said.
Information from ESPN's Chris Mortensen and The Associated Press was used in this report.