"I think [the one year suspension] was a little bit harsh. I expected the suspension, but for a whole year for a guy that hadn't been charged with nothing? I really didn't agree with it. But for the most part, I'm taking it like a man. I'm going to appeal it. We'll see what the future brings."
That’s PacMan (I obviously have a fever) Jones.
A little harsh? How about slamming that stripper’s head into the stage. Might that have been a little harsh?
Jones was asked if he was being used as an example given the stern punishment from the Commish, Jones concurred. "Clearly -- you know, for a guy that hadn't been charged -- I'm clearly made to be the poster boy."
Well boo freakin' hoo!
Let me get this straight. Jones said he was expecting a suspension so the way I see it, that is an admission of guilt right? If you did something wrong, you expect punishment. If you did nothing wrong, then no punishment. Because he hasn’t been charged or found guilty YET, he thinks he’s being made into a poster child.
A poster child for what, the Ten Most Wanted at your friendly neighborhood post office?
So now he is going to appeal. Guess who will not only hear the appeal but decide on it? None other than Roger Goodell himself, the man who handed down the suspension.
For some reason, I’m reminded of a scene from the movie My Cousin Vinny:
Vinny: I object to this witness being called at this time. We've been given no prior notice he'd testify. No discovery of any tests he's conducted or reports he's prepared. And as the court is aware, the defense is entitled to advance notice of any witness who will testify, particularly those who will give scientific evidence, so that we may properly prepare for cross-examination, as well as give the defense an opportunity to have the witness's reports reviewed by a defense expert, who might then be in a position to contradict the veracity of his conclusions.
Judge Chamberlain Holler: Mr. Gambini?
Vinny: Yes sir?
Judge Chamberlain Holler: That is a lucid, intelligent, well-thought out objection.
Vinny: Thank you, your honor.
Judge Chamberlain Holler: Overruled.
Yesterday, Jones was all over ESPN and now he’s pulling out the God card. “I have a relationship with God.” I’m sure he does, just like Rosie O’Donnell has one with Donald Trump.
Look I don’t care if you work at McDonald’s, Legg Mason or if you are a State Senator. If you don’t represent well and you repeatedly fail to honor a decent and fair code of conduct, you will be fired. Jones wasn’t fired. He was suspended. He should feel lucky that he wasn’t banned from the league completely. Despite his thug behavior, he’ll still have the opportunity to play football and earn millions in 2008.
What could he possibly have Roger Goodell consider that he hasn’t already considered? What could Jones possibly say during the appeal? “Pretty please with sugar on top?”
And what if Goodell says no (which he will)? Will Jones bite him like he did to that Fayetteville, GA police officer?
Wonder if Las Vegas has an under/over bet on how many months Jones will go before his next arrest.
Does anyone really think he can make it through until the start of the 2008 season without another encounter with the law? Well there’s always a chance.
Of course there’s always the chance that the Detroit Lions could win the Super Bowl too…