NEW YORK (AP) - Adam "Pacman" Jones of Tennessee was suspended
for the 2007 season Tuesday and Chris Henry of Cincinnati for eight
games - both for numerous violations of the NFL's personal conduct
"It is a privilege to represent the NFL, not a right," NFL
commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement announcing the
suspensions. "These players and all members of our league have to
make the right choices and decisions in their conduct on a
Jones' off-field conduct has included 10 incidents where he was
interviewed by police. The most recent took place during the NBA
All-Star weekend in Las Vegas. Police there recommended felony and
misdemeanor charges against Jones after a fight and shooting at a
strip club paralyzed one man.
Henry was arrested four times in a 14-month span, resulting in
two benchings by coach Marvin Lewis and a two-game league
suspension. He was one of nine Bengals arrested in nine months.
Both the Titans and the Bengals said they supported the
"While we regret the circumstances that called for it, it's
good for both Chris and the Bengals to have the matter resolved,"
said Bengals coach Marvin Lewis. "Our team will move forward, and
now it is up to Chris to acquire a more mature understanding of his
responsibilities as a player for the Bengals and a representative
of the NFL."
Goodell, who replaced the retired Paul Tagliabue seven months
ago, also announced the new, tougher personal conduct policy that
will include larger fines and longer suspensions.
The suspensions came under the current NFL policy on player
"It is important that the NFL be represented consistently by
outstanding people as well as great football players, coaches and
staff," Goodell said in announcing the new policy.
"We hold ourselves to higher standards of responsible conduct
because of what it means to be part of the National Football
League. We have long had policies and programs designed to
encourage responsible behavior, and this policy is a further step
in ensuring that everyone who is part of the NFL meets that
Jones, the sixth overall pick in the 2005 draft, starred on the
field but had nothing but trouble off it during two seasons with
the Titans. He had four touchdowns last season, three on punt
returns and one on one of his four interceptions.
He could be reinstated before season's end if he adheres to a
strict set of conditions set by the NFL that include no further
involvement with law enforcement; counseling, education and
treatment under league and court-ordered programs; follows
restrictions on his activities agreed to with the Titans; and a
community-service program submitted to the league for review and
"We appreciate the Commissioner's thoughtful decision today and
the discipline plan imposed on Adam Jones," the Titans said. "We
respect this decision and are confident this is in the best
interest of the league and the team. We are hopeful that it will
achieve the goals of disciplining the player and eventually
enabling him to return to the field of play. Our goals for Jones
are consistent with the league's in that regard."
Jones' attorney, Manny Arora of Atlanta, was in a meeting and
did not immediately return a message left by the Associated Press.