IRVING -- Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones has been suspended indefinitely without pay as a result of his most recent violation of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell notified Jones and the Cowboys Tuesday of his decision following Jones’ involvement last Tuesday in a fight with his body guard at the Joule Hotel in Dallas.
Jones will miss at least the next four games.
Jones has been arrested six times and police have now been called to 13 incidents since he entered the league in 2005.
“We respect and support the decision of the commissioner. I regret that this issue has brought negative attention to the Cowboys and the NFL,” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a statement released by the team Tuesday. “We move forward with a very clear knowledge as to what the process will be for a possible re-instatement. Adam is well aware of where he stands and what he has to do.”
A final decision on the length of the suspension will be made following the Cowboys game against the Washington Redskins on Nov. 16.
According to the NFL, Goodell will base a decision on Jones’ ability to comply with NFL and the Cowboys treatment plans. He will also be evaluated by NFL mandated clinical experts.
The Cowboys didn’t think Jones' action mandated a suspension. Owner Jerry Jones called it horseplay that got out of hand.
However, Goodell viewed it differently, especially considering that alcohol was involved and the police were called.
In a letter to Jones, Goodell called it a continuation of "a disturbing pattern of behavior and clearly inconsistent with the conditions I set for your continued participation in the NFL."
Jones was suspended for the entire 2007 season for multiple violations of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy.
When Goodell reinstated Jones in August, he said "the player's participation in the NFL depends on demonstrating that he can conduct himself in a socially responsible manner, avoiding any other conduct that brings disrespect to himself, his team, or the NFL."
Because of the suspension, the Cowboys will get a fifth-round draft pick back from Tennessee, per the terms of the trade agreement.
With Terence Newman also out at least a month with a sports hernia, rookie top-pick Mike Jenkins will replace Jones as the starter at left cornerback.