Commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to discipline Dallas Cowboys cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones on Monday or Tuesday for his participation in an altercation last week, according to two sources. What was uncertain, according to the sources, was whether Jones will be simply fined or forced to miss playing time.
"No decision has been made," said league spokesman Greg Aiello, when asked Sunday morning about the league's intentions on handling Jones after completing its investigation of the matter.
Although both league sources said the fight at a downtown Dallas hotel, which resulted in no arrests, was not considered significant, Goodell was upset by the situation and felt the situation was a violation of the standards he imposed when Jones was allowed to return to the NFL for the 2008 season.
Both sources said Goodell sternly warned Jones that he was not to be involved in any off-field incidents or bring embarrassment upon the Cowboys or the NFL.
"If this was any of a lot of players who don't have issues, it's a non-issue, it's nothing," said one of the sources. "But this guy was given strict instruction. (The commissioner) didn't want to hear about anything with (Jones). Nothing, not one little bit, because everybody was telling him that Jones would get in trouble again.
"Now that he's already gotten into trouble – and with somebody who was supposed to be watching over him – it just confirms that Jones can't control himself. If it's not now, it's going to be sometime soon. It's just a matter of time with this guy."
According to the police report, Jones and another man – later identified as Jones' bodyguard, Tommy Jones – left the scene without further problems after the officer spoke with them. According to the NFL sources, neither man is planning to file charges.
Adam Jones was at the hotel to attend a party featuring rapper Ludacris.
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has tried to downplay the incident and the Cowboys have not disciplined Adam Jones, who is expected to start Sunday against Arizona in place of injured Terence Newman. Newman, suffering from a sports hernia, is supposed to be out for at least a month as he recovers after having surgery on his groin on Friday.
While Jerry Jones tried to put out the fire from the incident, Goodell made it clear he wasn't happy about the latest issue with Adam Jones during an interview with ESPN Radio on Thursday.
"I'm disappointed we're even discussing this at this time," Goodell said. "We'll have to wait for the facts and wait before we make any determination."
Adam Jones was reinstated shortly before the season after missing all of the 2007 season for violating the NFL's Personal Conduct Policy. Jones had 12 incidents involving the police over a three-year stretch. Among the 12, he was arrested six times and was present in a Las Vegas strip club in February 2007 when three people were shot and one man was left paralyzed after a confrontation involving Jones.