Cowboys CB Jones suspended indefinitely

NEW YORK (TICKER) —Roger Goodell did what Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones declined to do - he disciplined cornerback Adam Jones following his latest off-the-field incident.

The NFL on Tuesday announced an indefinite suspension for Jones following an alcohol-related incident at a Dallas area hotel last week that resulted in hotel employees calling police.

Goodell said that Jones would be suspended for at least four games, calling his actions a “continuation of a disturbing pattern of behavior and clearly inconsistent with the conditions I set for your continued participation in the NFL.”

Since alcohol was involved, Jones’ actions violated terms of his reinstatement. Goodell said he will determine the final length of Jones’ suspension following the Cowboys’ Week 11 game against the Washington Redskins.

“Adam was in a very narrow window of behavior coming into the NFL, moreso than any player that we’ve ever had on the Cowboys,” Jerry Jones said. “Those were the conditions when he was reinstated. He did not stay within that narrow range.”

Jones was suspended for the entire 2007 season for multiple violations of the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

According to a Dallas police report, Jones was involved in a bathroom scuffle with his bodyguard, Tommy Jones, at a hotel in Dallas, Texas seven days ago.

Police said they received a call from the Joule Hotel at about 11 p.m. last Tuesday and that there was “a disturbance between two black males and a black female arguing and fighting at the location and that the suspects were in the lobby.”

The Cowboys elected not to take action against Jones, who started in Sunday’s 30-24 overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

At the time, Jerry Jones defended the team’s stance, claiming the two men were joking before it got out of hand and escalated into a fight.

“There have been none of our rules impacted here,” Jerry Jones said last week. “We don’t have any rules (that were broken). We’d have to create a rule. It was banter. They were literally kidding each other ? and then it crossed the line.”

However, Jerry Jones’ inaction may have forced the hand of Goodell, who began investigating the incident Thursday.

The NFL said a decision on whether Adam Jones can return to play will be based on his strict compliance with treatment plans established by the NFL and Cowboys. Jones’ progress will be evaluated by Goodell on an on-going basis.

“Obviously something is not going correctly. We just reinstated him six weeks ago,” Goodell said during a news conference Tuesday. “I think it’s going to be up to Adam, and what he does in the following weeks with respect to his conduct, with respect to getting an evaluation, and whatever treatment might be prescribed to him at that time.”

Jerry Jones spoke with reporters on Tuesday, emphasizing that he “respected” the commissioner’s decision.

“I regret that it didn’t work for Adam and didn’t work for the Cowboys,” Jerry Jones said. “I regret the bad publicity that has been associated with it. But we felt we had a chance, even though he was walking on the high wire with no net below, we really thought and had hoped that he could adhere to the conditions of his reinstatement and he did not.”

Jerry Jones also said that he has spoken with Adam Jones, and that the 25-year-old cornerback was “really devastated” about the suspension.

However, this is just the latest in a litany of incidents for the former sixth overall pick, who was suspended by Goodell in April 2007 while still a member of the Tennessee Titans.

He was reinstated by the league on August 26 - four months after the Cowboys acquired him in a trade with the Titans.

A history of legal problems - including six arrests - has plagued Jones since entering the league as a first-round draft choice in 2005.

The most serious incident took place at a Las Vegas strip club in February 2007 during the NBA’s All-Star Weekend, when a disturbance led to the shooting of a bouncer who became paralyzed from his wounds.

Jones accepted a plea deal, pleading no contest to a single charge of conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor. He was given a suspended one-year prison sentence and ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.

Jones’ latest suspension continues a rough 48 hours for the Cowboys, who learned Monday that quarterback Tony Romo will miss four weeks after suffering a fractured pinkie finger on his throwing hand during the loss to the Cardinals.

In addition, Dallas punter Mat McBriar likely will be out for the rest of the season with a fractured right foot.

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Updated Tuesday, Oct 14, 2008