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Old 07-26-2007, 07:27 PM   #1
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Goodell bars Pacman from Titans camp

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Suspended cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was denied a request Thursday by the NFL to join the Tennessee Titans in training camp.

"The request by Adam Jones to revise the terms of his suspension so that he can participate in training camp has been denied," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello wrote in an e-mail.

Titans coach Jeff Fisher said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell informed the team of the league's position. The coach said he learned of the league's decision shortly before a news conference.

"It's what we have expected throughout the offseason -- that he will not be permitted to participate in training camp, and he will only be permitted to use the facility one day a week for treatment and counseling," Fisher said.

"We've moved on. We're looking forward to filling the holes. We feel like we've done so with the roster. Now we need to do so with production on the field," Fisher said.

Jones had been preparing for camp as his agent Michael Huyghue contended the commissioner never ruled out training camp or preseason games when suspending Jones for the 2007 season for conduct detrimental to the league.

But Goodell originally told Jones when suspending him that the cornerback could not practice with the team during the suspension, which includes training camp.

A couple incidents may have influenced Goodell's decision. A league source told ESPN's Chris Mortensen that Jones misled Fisher about the player's most recent incident involving an Atlanta strip club. The source said Jones initially denied being at the club, only to recant his story to Fisher.

Jones has also missed counseling sessions, as mandated by Goodell in conditions outlined for the cornerback to be reinstated.

Since the suspension was handed down in April, Jones was arrested for the sixth time since being drafted on two counts of felony coercion stemming from a fight at a Las Vegas strip club during NBA All-Star weekend. A shooting after the fight left a man paralyzed but no one has been charged in that assault.

Jones and two other defendants will appear in a Las Vegas court for a preliminary hearing Oct. 29. Jones remains free on bail; all three intend to plead not guilty, their lawyer, Robert Langford, said last week.

The Las Vegas case is one of three still pending, including charges in Georgia and Tennessee.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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I agree with the Principal here.

Call me crazy but suspended means suspended. Then again this kinda stuff happens at school too.

Go figure.
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Old 07-26-2007, 09:20 PM   #2
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Old 07-27-2007, 04:48 AM   #3
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This is not good news for Michael Vick - who can expect to find himself in the same position, being that he doesn't even go to trial until November 26th.
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