This’ll be fun. Or at least it will be curious to see how Roger Goodell handles this one.
Another well-known NFL player has run afoul (allegedly) of our nation’s laws. Our drug laws, no less.
And this time, it’s not a braided, blinged-out cat “makin’ it rain” at a strip club and causing such a ruckus that someone gets shot.
It’s Matt Jones, a clean-cut All-American (read: white) wide receiver from the heartland (or Arkansas, at least) who plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
He’s no Pacman. Not on the field (a former first-round pick, he’s pretty much been a dud for Jack Del Rio). Nor off it (no long record of behavioral misdeeds).
But what he’s accused of doing is a doozy: He was arrested in Fayetteville early Thursday morning (along with two buddies) when police approached his car and found him “cutting” with a credit card what turned out to be cocaine.
According to the police report, an officer pulled out his gun when Jones did not immediately show his hands.
Police said a search turned up a plastic bag filed with coke and a jar with what may be weed residue.
Jones faces felony drug possession, and will be arraigned Aug. 11 – two days after the Jags’ preseason opener against (you can’t make this up) Atlanta.
Last April, Adam – formerly known as Pacman – Jones was suspended by Goodell for the entire 2007 season, essentially because the incident at the Las Vegas strip club where someone was subsequently paralyzed was the final straw in a haystack of bad behavior by the then-Tennessee Titans D-back. Jones originally faced two felony charges stemming from the Vegas matter but eventually pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct. He was given a one-year suspended prison sentence, put on probation, and ordered to do the community-service thing (200 hours).
He still, however, has not been completely reinstated.
Now, with another Jones behind bars, well, Mr. Goodell, you are officially on the clock.