Yet another interesting twist has shown up in the Pacman Jones case. As reported by Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean and Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, the Tennessee Titans are weighing the possibility of filing a lawsuit against both Titans cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones and the pro wrestling organization Total Nonstop Action (TNA); the lawsuit in question would actually be one in which an injunction is filed against the parties involved.
Apparently Pacman doesn’t quite understand the language of his contract (the Standard Player Contract) at all (what is out there any more that he doesn’t understand?). Paragraph 3 of the contract states explicitly that “without prior written consent of the Club, Player will not play football or engage in activities related to football otherwise than for Club or engage in any activity other than football which may involve a significant risk of personal injury.” Sounds pretty simple, doesn’t it? Yet Jones for whatever reason is disregarding the contract, which i suspect will come back to haunt him in the very near future.
Myself, I watch pro wrestling quite a bit (I’ve been a WWE fan forever). In essence, pro wrestling is men in wrestling tights who engage in storylines and happen to wrestle to fill up network air time. A male version of a soap opera, if you will. Despite the premise of pro wrestling, the wrestlers are athletes. As such, they run the risk of being injured (which they often do) on a daily basis. I do realize that Jones has plenty of free time on his hands thanks to his suspension, but come on – wrestling? You’d think that Jones’ agent would have fed him the memo about those activities being forbidden in his contract. Apparently that’s not the case here.
The dilemma for both the Titans and the NFL (if there really is one here) is whether to simply ignore Jones’ antics or proceed with the lawsuit. Florio suggests – and I agree – that the Titans will show restraint and let Jones live out his pro wrestling fantasy. Of course, repercussions will come shortly after that storyline plays itself out. As it is, Jones will miss a minimum of 10 games of the 2007 season. And it is entirely possible that after Jones tries to reapply for reinstatement into the league, he will be in for a ruse awakening. Essentially, his NFL career may soon be over. All this for a little self-promotion on a pro wrestling show on Spike TV. Jones’ lack of common sense make Michael Irvin almost “Mensa-like”.