Adam “Pacman” Jones was suspended today for the 2007 NFL season by commissioner Roger Goodell for his alleged involvement in a strip club altercation back in February. Goodell released a statement where he condemned Pacman’s actions. The suspension also stated that Jones will not receive pay during the suspension. While many people may agree with Commissioner Goodell, I for one am disgusted by the ruling.
Jones is alleged to have been involved in an altercation with an exotic stripper at the Minxx Gentlemen’s Club and Lounge over the NBA All-Star Game weekend. In a visual effect, Jones was onstage showering over 40 strippers with $81,000 in one-dollar bills. Jones threw the money in the air in an effort to “make it rain.” During Pacman’s “rain dance,” the strippers proceded to pick up the money as directed by the nightclub owners. Pacman was upset at the loss of his money and grabbed one of the strippers by the hair and slammed her face onto the stage floor. There was an ensuing scuffle between Pacman’s entourage and the strip club bouncers and shots were fired outside the club that left two guards, as well as a woman injured. One of the guards was left in critical condition and paralyzed from the waist down. Pacman claims that didn’t know the shooter yet the club owner claims Pacman did. No charges have been filed but Jones was suspended anyways.
Jones has a history of altercations with the law dating back to his college days. Among his credentials are assault, felony vandalism, disorderly conduct, public intoxication as well as a misdemeanor citation for allegedly spitting in the face of a female student from Tennessee State University.
While Pacman Jones has had his share of run-ins with the law, he has been able to maintain a high level of competiveness on the football field, playing defensive back for the Tennessee Titans. Pacman is also a kick return specialist with 3 punt return touchdowns last season. Besides being a solid player, his actions at Minxx that fateful night (pre-stripper-headbashing), are a testament to this guy’s ability to party. While many hip-hop songs speak of making it rain and what not, I don’t think anyone in the history of the world has ever “made it rain” as good as Adam Pacman Jones. The guy had $81,000 in dollar bills and showered 40 strippers… Pacman deserves props just for being able to throw that much cash into the air. I bet it was a thing of beauty.
Jones’ suspension proves the harsh policies of the NFL or No Fun League. In recent years, the league has cracked down on touchdown celebrations and the rights of players to express themselves. Gone are the days where players can “moon” fans, take a cheerleader’s poms poms and dance or any form of group celebrations. I’m surprised the league didn’t penalize the Giants for their “Ballin!” celebrations that have become a phenomenon. Add “making it rain” to the list of banned actions by the NFL. What is this world coming to? A man can no longer go to a stripclub and spend his hard-earned money any which way he wants. This is a direct violation of our rights as free citizens. Making it rain should not be frowned upon. Unfortunately, Goodell is taking the fun out of the league that wants to maintain it’s clean reputation. Players cannot be held accountable for the actions of their entourage or of random allegations. My condolences go out to the guard who was paralyzed, but also to Adam Pacman Jones. I’m hoping for an appeal and a suspension reduction. If people can’t make it rain at a club, then the terrorists have already won…