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The late but predictable fall of this ex-Cowboy

Adam “Pacman” Jones spent one season with the Dallas Cowboys, 2008, before he was released.
Adam “Pacman” Jones spent one season with the Dallas Cowboys, 2008, before he was released. AP file

Pacman Jones is in trouble again, which is akin to the surprising development that chocolate sundaes covered in lard are fattening.

The Cincinnati Bengals defensive back told a Cincy cop, “I hope you die tomorrow. You’re gonna be out of a job tomorrow.”

I don’t think Pac’ said this while wearing his Blue Lives Matter v-neck sweater.

Pac’ did say this when he was in the back of a Cincy squad car after he was arrested for obstructing official business, disorderly conduct and assault; TMZ had the audio/video. He also reportedly spit on a nurse in a jail.

In the grand scheme of Tales of the Pac’, his latest episode with the men and women in blue is not that bad. He was not makin’ it rain, one of his more infamous misdeeds.

When the Cowboys signed Pac in 2008, the sales pitch was that he learned from his lessons (previous arrests), which led to his release from Tennessee. That he was not Pacman but rather just Adam Jones. Turns out you can never take the Pacman out of Adam Jones.

The most amazing development in Pacman Jones is not that this latest incident happened, but rather it took this long for it to occur. That Pacman Jones survived to play 130 NFL games in 10 NFL seasons is one of the most stunning realities of any NFL player this century.

He may wind up in jail yet, but it is shocking that Pacman has been able to keep it together long enough to actually play like an NFL first round pick, which he was of the Titans back in 2005. But this is who he is - a grown man incapable of rational reason in the face of conflict.

When Pacman was with the Dallas Cowboys in 2008, his locker was located in a section of the locker room that us beat writers called, “D Block.” A handful of the players in that region of the room had done a little time.

Of those players, which included defensive tackle Tank Johnson, Pacman’s history with the law was the least good. He is the product of an exceptionally challenging childhood, and he simply has not been able to dump ignorant tendencies.

The odd, sad, part is if you could talk him 1-on-1, Pacman didn’t sound like a bad guy. He wasn’t going to work for NASA any time soon, but there was a part of this man that had a heart. When it came to confrontation, however, he repeatedly demonstrated a pattern outside of the societal norm; however bad his background was that’s entirely on him.

At 33, Pac’ is old enough to know by now. Yes, his upbringing borders on tragic but he’s 33. Be an adult.

Since 2005 he has been arrested for assault, vandalism, verbally berated people, suspended by the NFL for a year (basically twice), violated his parole, busted for drug possession, punched police officers, spit at people, and been involved in multiple fights at bars, hotels and restaurants.

In ‘08 with the Cowboys, Pac was involved in the infamous “Jivin’ at the Joule” hotel in Dallas.

The Bengals signed him in 2010 because that’s what the Bengals do - they will take anybody. To the surprise of anybody and everybody, Pacman kept it together and has been a reliable player for what has been a pretty decent team in his time there.

He actually spoke to rookie players about the dangers of dumb behaviors that could jeopardize an NFL existence, and was sold as a redemption story.

Yeah ... he’s not.

He is 33 and both the Bengals and Pac’s latest lawyer released a statement, apologizing for the incident, which really helps.

He will be 34 before the start of the 2017 regular season and will count $6.3 million against the salary cap; given his age, and now this, the Bengals may cut him.

Against bad odds, the Bengals generated more productivity out of Pac than any other NFL team, but in the end they couldn’t make him Adam. He’s Pacman.

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