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Game Over for 'Pacman", Henry

By rob13     Apr 11, 2007 in Sports
The NFL came down hard on the terrible twosome of Adam 'Pacman' Jones and Chris Henry.
Sending a clear message about players off-the-field conduct, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a 1 year suspension to Tennessee Titans troublesome cornerback Adam 'Pacman' Jones. Troubled wide receiver Chris Henry of the Cincinnati Bengals received an 8 game suspension.
Because of their suspension, 'Pacman' Jones will lose his $1,292,500 salary for the 2007 season, and Henry will lose $217,500 as a result of his 8 game suspension. Not coincidentally, both Jones and Henry were teammates and starred for the University of West Virginia.
Commissioner Goodell also issued a written statement to both players warning them this is their last chance to save their careers. Goodell's written statement also warned both players to end their off-the-field antics if they still have any interest in returning to the NFL.
It should also be pointed out that Jones and Henry were disciplined under the 'old' NFL disciplinary policy. Mr. Goodell issued these penalties to Jones and Henry just before he announced a tougher league policy on players personal conduct. The new league policy will look for higher fines and longer suspensions for players, and this new policy is also taking aim at the owners of NFL teams who allow a players personal conduct to get out of control. The owners could be looking at a loss of draft picks or other penalties because of a players off-the-field misconduct.
Goodell went on to remind everyone that is a privilege and not a right to be an NFL player. Goodell also said that anyone involved with the NFL has to act responsibly and make the right decision regarding their personal conduct.
However, all is not lost for Jones because his suspension may be shortened depending upon the results of the Las Vegas stripe club shooting case. On the other hand, if the results of this case turn out worse than expected, Jones could be looking at a longer suspension.
This tougher player conduct policy will be put to the test again when the commissioners office, the players union, and the newly formed player advisory panel takes a look at Chicago Bears player Tank Johnson's case that involved Johnson being arrested by police for having an arsenal of weapons in his house.
Tank Johnson is currently in prison serving a four month sentence for being arrested because police raided his house and found six unregistered firearms. Commissioner Goodell plans to meet with Johnson once he is released from jail.
As for Jones, Jones' attorney Manny Arora did not have any comment on this decision by the NFL. However, Jones' mother, Deborah Jones, said: "I just pray that this can be changed. This is not fair for him. It's just not fair."
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