All during the pre-season, we've heard words like "new attitude" and "changed" in reference to Titan's cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones. It culminated earlier this week with a long article
by The Tennessean
's Paul Kuharsky that chronicled the journey Jones made from childhood to becoming the sixth pick in the draft last year by the Titans.
For a moment, I allowed a glimmer of hope that maybe, just maybe Jones had turned the corner. Maybe it all clicked and he finally "got it."
And then I got up this morning and turned on the news.
Adam Jones was arrested overnight on two misdemeanor counts outside a club in Murfreesboro. Here's details from ESPN.com's story about the arrest:
According to the police report, officers saw Jones arguing loudly with a woman outside a nightclub where a rap concert had been held.
Jones, 22, was described by police as slurring his speech, having bloodshot eyes and smelling strongly of alcohol.
The arrest came at 1:34 a.m. CT, the day after the Titans broke training camp.
Jones had already been excused from Friday's team schedule for personal reasons, according to The Tennessean.
Jones was arguing with a woman he accused of stealing his wallet inside the club and passing it to one of her friends, according to police.
Officers said they ordered Jones to leave several times, but he refused and continued to shout profanities.
Jones was released from custody in lieu of $750 bond.
was live outside the Murfreesboro police department and got some footage of Jones coming out. It was an obscenity laced interview in which Jones asserted that it was all "racial profiling" that led to his arrest. (UPDATE 10:42 a.m
WKRN has the news story with the "interview" with Jones up on their web site now. Take a look
Now, I don't know what happened at the club and am only going on reports I've heard in various media outlets this morning. But I have to say this-come on Adam, it's not racial profiling if you're drunk and making a fool of yourself. And that apparently you've not learned a damned thing from your experiences.
And now the Titans face a dilemma. Jeff Fisher has said there is a "no tolerance" policy for bad behavoir off the field. Will Fisher put his money where his mouth is and sit Jones for tomorrow night's pre-sesaon game with the Falcons? (In an ironic note, Jones was quote in the AP as saying he looked forward to this game to play against his home town team and had bought close to 600 tickets for family and friends to see him play). Should Jones sit for the final two pre-season games?
Or better yet, should the Titans just cut their losses? Tuesday is cut day and I can think of no better solution that to cut our losses. Yes, he was a high draft pick and he may have all the talent in the world, but his overall behavoir on and off the field has been and will continue to be a cancer to this team. (I know he and Vince Young threw some kind of big bash in Atlanta...think about it. Do we want this punk influencing Vince Young, who is the future of this franchise? I say not only no, but hell no!) We've all given Adam Jones numerous chances to clean up his act and he's shown no interest in doing so. He is selfish, caring only about himself and it's time for him to be sent packing to a team that is full of punks like him. I hear Dallas and Oakland will take him. He'd certainly fit in with both of those organizations a lot better than he will with the Tennessee Titans.
posted by Michael Hickerson at 8/25/2006 07:17:00 AM