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Sounds to me like he's still immature and making excuses......here's the story:
Adam “Pacman” Jones blames himself.
Arguably the most controversial player ever to wear a Tennessee Titans uniform, Jones says he nearly threw away his NFL career — and his life — because he was an immature kid who had a difficult time changing his ways.
Now with the Cincinnati Bengals, who play the Titans on Sunday at LP Field, Jones says he’s a different person. The cornerback and return man says he holds no grudge against the team that made him the sixth overall pick of the 2005 draft, only to trade him three years later.
In a 25-minute phone conversation with The Tennessean on Monday, Jones opened up about his days with the Titans and his new approach to life.
“It would have never worked for me in Tennessee,” Jones said. “I was 21 or 22, and I didn’t understand what I understand now. I was out every night enjoying myself. I wasn’t really focusing on football. I had a lot of distractions. I take responsibly for everything that went on back then, and have learned from it.
“Yeah, I did (mess) things up off the field. I blame myself for that. But I will say when times got hard, (the Titans) weren’t there for me. But I ain’t holding no grudges, man. Life is too short for grudges. I don’t have time for all of that.”
This past Sunday, in his first game in more than a year after a neck injury, Jones had a 63-yard punt return against the Seattle Seahawks. He had to leave the game with a hamstring injury but said he wouldn’t miss a chance to play against the Titans.
He’s not expecting a warm reception, however.
While his play could be electrifying, he made more headlines with the Titans for run-ins with the law. He was arrested six times as a Titan, and since entering the NFL he has been questioned, named or arrested in connection with at least 14 incidents.
The most notorious of those occurred in February 2007 in Las Vegas, where police said he started a melee inside a club that led to a shooting outside. Jones pleaded no contest to conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct as part of a plea deal that reduced two felony charges.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Jones for the 2007 season, and on April 27, 2008, the Titans traded him to the Cowboys for a fourth-round pick.
“Hell, no fans aren’t going to give me a good ovation,” Jones said. “They booed me when I was there, so you know they are going to boo me when I’m on the other team. But I don’t care. That (expletive) don’t bother me.”
More from the interview with Jones:
On his overall memories of playing for the Titans: “I remember that it didn’t work, and I don’t want that feeling anymore. I don’t want that feeling that I had when I was in Tennessee no more. I have come to peace with Tennessee. I don’t even think about Tennessee anymore.”
On his relationship with Jeff Fisher, then the coach: “Jeff never turned his back on me. Never. Ever. It was the front office, starting with the head man (owner Bud Adams). It is what it is, but Jeff has always been there for me. (Former defensive coordinator Jim) Schwartz was always there for me; (former defensive coordinator) Chuck (Cecil) was always there for me. I wouldn’t say it was my coaches who turned their backs on me — they would call me and see how I was doing. I don’t know who the main person was who wanted me out of there; I never really got to the bottom of it.”
On how things ended with the Titans: “To be honest, I gave away $2 million dollars that I had already earned to make the trade happen (to the Cowboys). Tennessee, it is not a grudge on my behalf. Do I like Tennessee? No. Would I ever want to come back to Tennessee (with the Titans)? No. I am happy in Cincinnati and we are playing good, and I can’t wait to come back to Tennessee so we can handle our business.”
On how he’s changed off the field: “You shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. If you don’t get a chance to sit down and talk to me, all you can do is assume. Of course I have mellowed. I am 28 years old now, I don’t do the stuff I used to at 21.”
On whether he was out of control with the Titans: “I plead the Fifth. You can put that (expletive) in the Tennessee papers. Why would I tell you? That would be a headline story, I know. But I take responsibility. I don’t have any regrets, no regrets. But there ain’t nothing working out in Tennessee; they done got rid of one of the best coaches in the NFL. I loved Fisher. He was good to me.”
On what made him change and improve his life: “Of course it was a process. When you have been living a certain way since you were 13 years old, you grew up fighting. It takes time. That (expletive) just don’t happen overnight. You have to go through things, and as you get older you see your future. There was a point when it hit me; I had to take this for real. This could be taken away from me as quick as it was given to me. But it wasn’t one particular thing. It was all of it. And my little girl (Triniti).”
On his daughters, Zaniyah, 5, and Triniti, 15 months (Triniti was 4 months premature and weighed 2.1 pounds at birth): “I don’t want to let myself down, first, but I definitely don’t want to let my little girls down. I am cool now, settled down, relaxed and focused on football. And I have my times where I get to do what I want to do.”
On Sunday’s game against the Titans: “It’s just another game on the calendar. It ain’t going to excite me more than any other game. The people I was there with, not many of them are there anymore. Most of those guys are brand new. But I’m looking forward to coming back and us handling our busines
Former Tennessee Titan Adam �Pacman� Jones blames himself for nearly throwing away his NFL career � and his life � because he was an immature kid who had a difficult time changing his ways.
I can't believe he said that the Titans weren't there when he needed them. What else could they have done?
Who cares what he thinks. One of the best talents you could have, wasted because he was a wanna be gangster. Without a doubt one of the dumbest players to ever set foot in the NFL.
What a waste of life he created for himself.
Check it out!!! Im 28, Im grown now!!!!
This post was edited by Alzarius on 11/1/2011 at 2:28 PM
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