It has been five weeks.
Five weeks since Adam "Pacman" Jones made his last mistake. He got into a squabble with his bodyguard, and a mirror was broken in a bathroom. Many assumed the worst, from writers to haters to fans.
The media ate it up and exacerbated the situation beyond its real severity. Adam Jones was given a four-game suspension that could be extended based upon what NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell thinks after the four games.
Now it is time for Goodell to make his decision. The questions are: What decision is that, and is that the right decision?
What do you think?
Adam Jones has been in trouble multiple times in the NFL. He was suspended for a year with the Tennessee Titans. He goes on a talk show and says he wants to play, and oh yeah, he wants to play for the Dallas Cowboys.
The General Manager of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, considered and took the chance. In exchange for a few draft picks, and with the notion that if Jones is suspended again, the Dallas Cowboys get some of those picks back, the Titans traded the cornerback.
Since then, the Dallas Cowboys have run into some troubles. Top corner Terence Newman had surgery, and Jones took his spot at corner. He was in the top three in tackles every game he played primary corner.
He had several deflected passes and forced a fumble against the Packers on Ryan Grant's first carry, which he recovered. He had successfully been knocking off the rust, and then the hotel incident.
After Jones was suspended, the coverage units for the Dallas Cowboys got significantly weaker. Roy Williams was out for the season with a broken forearm, Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick are rookies, and Newman was still out recuperating from surgery.
Thankfully for Dallas fans, they managed to defeat the Buccaneers 13-9, and last night defeated the Redskins 14-10. The team's defense has evolved tremendously, and it makes one wonder how much of an effect will Adam Jones bring if he comes back.
But should he come back? He has not been in trouble since the incident, and before that, it had been over 10 months since his last incident. He has kept his hands out of the cookie jar more than most think. Former cornerback and NFL analyst Deion Sanders believes he should be given a chance. He even allowed Adam Jones to wear his No. 21 for the Dallas Cowboys.
Deion Sanders was interviewed on NFL.com about the incident. Adam Jones and he are good friends, and Sanders gave him hope, he trained with him, and was almost a therapist in a way, so he would know what happened that night.
Apparently, the so-called fight was harmless. The bodyguard and Jones are very close to each other. To paraphrase Deion, it was a "father-son relationship in a way." Deion felt it was completely blown out of proportion, and he stated why Jones was given such a severe punishment.
It was actually simple, but the public didn't know about it, so the four-game suspension was either a surprise or it made one think that the matter was very severe.
It was about alcohol. Adam Jones had been drinking that night. What was unknown to the public is that Roger Goodell had conferred with Jerry Jones when Jones was reinstated, and a condition was no alcohol at any time. Adam Jones violated that condition. He had a few drinks.
Now, do I know his BAC level at the time? No, I don't. So, he could have been slightly inebriated, or out of his mind drunk. The fact is he had alcohol, and Roger Goodell foreboded it.
The reason the suspension was so long was because Jones was in rehab. That's right, ladies and gentlemen. He was in a 30-day program, and how long is 30 days? It is a little over four weeks, and the bye week couldn't count on the suspension, so he has been out five weeks.
Adam Jones has made a severe effort to come back to the NFL. No one can deny that. But is that effort enough to give him a chance to play again? Is he a lost cause and a black eye for Jerry Jones?
Or is he a troubled person, who can redeem himself? Thousands of people go to therapists or clinics or some form of treatment and go on to lead respectable, stable lives. Is Adam Jones one of them?
So, I ask you my reader: What should happen to Pacman Jones?