The NFL has issued the following statement regarding the Dallas Cowboys’ Adam Jones:
Commissioner Roger Goodell notified Adam Jones of the Dallas Cowboys today that he is suspended indefinitely without pay as a result of his most recent violation of the NFL Personal Conduct Policy. Jones will miss at least the next four games. Commissioner Goodell will determine the final length of the suspension following the Cowboys’ Week 11 game against Washington on November 16. The decision on whether Jones can return to play will be based on Jones’ strict compliance with his NFL and Dallas Cowboys treatment plans as well as on evaluations of Jones’ progress that will be provided to Commissioner Goodell by clinical experts retained by the NFL. Jones was involved in an alcohol-related physical altercation at a Dallas hotel on October 8 that resulted in hotel employees calling the police. Commissioner Goodell in today’s letter to Jones 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. In reinstating Jones on August 28 of this year, Commissioner Goodell said that 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.
ESPN has the story here.
The Dallas Morning News is reporting that the suspension, which will cost Jones at least four games, will cost the cornerback $41,176 a week. In the paper’s Cowboys Blog, they’re reporting that the team will not be cutting Jones.
Jerry Jones made the following statement on behalf of the team:
We respect and support the decision of the commissioner. I regret that this issue has brought negative attention to the Cowboys and the NFL. 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.