January 10, 2009
NEWS, NOTES & QUOTES FROM CBS SPORTS’ “THE NFL TODAY” WITH
JAMES BROWN, DAN MARINO, SHANNON SHARPE, BILL COWHER AND
BOOMER ESIASON FOR DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF ON JANUARY 10
“THE NFL TODAY” TALKS EXCLUSIVELY WITH ADAM “PACMAN” JONES FOLLOWING HIS RELEASE FROM THE DALLAS COWBOYS EARLIER THIS WEEK
Jones: “I think I’ll be playing football next year. If I had to pick somewhere, I think I might be back in Dallas”
Adam “Pacman” Jones, in his first television interview since his release from the Dallas Cowboys this week, talks exclusively with James Brown on CBS Sports’ pre-game show, THE NFL TODAY.
Following is a transcript of the interview:
JAMES BROWN: Are any of these allegations Adam, you threatening to kill people in the club, you hiring someone to kill a club go-er, are any of these charges true?
ADAM PACMAN JONES: No. They are not true at all, man.
BROWN: Will you care to elaborate on that?
JONES: Oh, yeah. I can elaborate on that. This was back in 07. They called me down there, asked me what happened. I told the authorities everything that happened. It’s no truth to none of the stories really.
BROWN: So in your mind why did these allegations resurface?
JONES: That’s a good question, man. This is all the way back in 07. And now that the season’s over with just to put this on me, I just don’t understand this, that’s why I really don’t understand why would this come up now. I am trying to figure this out also.
BROWN: Let me ask this, this came on the heels some four months after the shooting incident in a Las Vegas strip club, where unfortunately a gentleman was paralyzed a situation that you were involved in out in Las Vegas and the league stipulated you should not be going to strip clubs, which you did and were suspended. What is it about strip clubs that you can’t stay away?
JONES: Well strip clubs are like regular clubs. I haven’t been to a strip club, in what two years now, two and half, almost three years, whatever it is. I haven’t been to a strip club since that incident. I live and I learn you know, I like the strip clubs.
BROWN: Ok Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones who was criticized by many for giving you, Adam, yet another chance to play in the league but he did give you that opportunity and was by all accounts was pretty good to you. He is letting you go. So why didn’t the situation in Dallas not work out?
JONES: Well, I had a great time in Dallas. I love the fans in Dallas and thank Jerry for all that he’s done for me. And I had my little vacation when I got suspended where I had to get my life together even though I had little drinking problem. So I had to go and take care of that part, you know, but besides that I’m doing everything like I’ve been doing. Staying with my counselors, keep working out and hopefully I’ll get a job somewhere.
BROWN: You mentioned hoping you get a job somewhere, in your mind do you think that was your last chance in the league?
JONES: No, I don’t. I think I’ll play this game again in the NFL. I got a very good chance of playing again.
BROWN: Now you think you’re going to be back in the league, help me understand given at least a dozen transgressions you have had in your short career many people would not give you the benefit of the doubt so why do you think you’ll be in the league again?
JONES: Because I’ve addressed all my problems. I haven’t ran away from my problems. I said I have a problem with alcohol and I have addressed it. I’m going to see my counselors every day, things I have to do to stay mentally strong. I’m a fighter and I’m going to keep fighting, you know. That’s why I think I’ll get a second chance.
BROWN: Adam, fair or unfair, the perception is you’re an unsympathetic character because you haven’t really shown any sense of remorse. Is there any remorse? Have you shown any remorse?
JONES: I hope so. I don’t know how to make you guys feel the way I feel but there’s a lot of remorse in me, man. But there’s certain things, I am a family man, too, and there’s certain things that I guess I don’t show to the media that I should show, but there’s a lot of remorse in me.
BROWN: Certainly most recently the fight with team supplied body guards did not help matters at all in terms of his background in continued behavior issues, but let me ask you Adam, amazingly you’re only 25 years of age and conceivably you could have thrown away your career, may have already, what positive steps have you taken to change your behavior?
JONES: Like I said before I did have an alcohol problem but I have addressed the alcohol problem and went to AA. I went there for two-and-a-half months, going to AA every other week, seeing my counselors every day. Regardless of not I’m doing whatever it takes for me to change my life as a man, you know. Football, I’ll always love football and always want to play football, but I still got to take care of myself as a person also.
BROWN: Final question, where do you see yourself next year? Will you be in the league, sitting at home or continuing to battle the off-the-field behavior issues?
JONES: The off-the-field behavior, that’s over with, man, I have one court case in I think March. And I’m back to what I love doing most, playing football. I think I’ll be playing football next year. If I had to pick somewhere, I think I might be back in Dallas. I love Dallas. You know, I wouldn’t mind playing no where else, but I do love the Cowboys.
BROWN: And you have an inkling that Jerry Jones will give you another shot?
JONES: Yeah, I do.
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