Pacman Jones Released From The Dallas Cowboys, ESPN Takes Credit
One-time star cornerback, Adam "Pacman" Jones, is once again a free agent, and without an NFL team to call home.
According to the Associated Press, the Dallas Cowboys released the cornerback on Wednesday (January 7), following a turbulent and mostly unproductive season.
Through the 2008-2009 season, Jones was suspended for a total of six games off-field scuffle, had no interceptions, and averaged just 4.5 yards per punt return. When the Cowboys original signed him, they expected him to boost their defense and specials teams, but that was no the case.
"He was surprised, and I think he was obviously somewhat hurt," Worrick Robinson, Jones' Nashville, Tenn.-based attorney, told the AP. "At the same time, he understands the business behind what is happening here."
The Cowboys have declined to comment on their decision to cut Jones thus far.
However, according to AOL's BlackVoices, ESPN alleges that Jones ordered a shooting on someone at an Atlanta strip club in June 2007, a month after Jones was suspended for the season.
While doing research for his report on ESPN, John Barr contacted the Cowboys and NFL offices for comment, and believes his inquiries contributed to Jones' release from the team.
In ESPN's "Outside The Lines" report, which scheduled to air Sunday (January 11), one of the shooting victims from the 2007 shooting alleged that he had a dispute with Jones inside the strip club and shortly after left. That's when a hail of bullets struck their car. While the NFL was aware of the incident, Jones nor was anyone else charged in the shooting.
Despite the allegations, Jones denies any involvement, and even threatened ESPN for the report. "It will be a lawsuit in a week against ESPN," he told the Dallas Morning News. "That's stupid. It's so stupid I have no more comments."
So far, as a free agent, no team has shown interest in the player.