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Adam "Pacman" Jones is a slow learner.

But give him credit. He's a quick forgetter.

Here's what the Tennessee Titan player said after National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended him for the entire 2007 season for having been questioned by police 10 times and arrested five:

"Last week, I asked for an opportunity to meet privately with commissioner Goodell. I met with him ... to tell him about the steps I have taken to change my life since being suspended by the NFL. I accept the discipline that's been imposed on me and I am withdrawing my appeal."

OK, so apparently, "the steps I have taken to change my life since being suspended by the NFL" include being at strip clubs at 4:15 a.m. on a Monday.

That's where witnesses at an Atlanta strip club put Jones Monday when a shooting occurred causing minor injuries.

Police were careful to note he wasn't a suspect, but was wanted for questioning in their investigation of what went on.

Regardless of Jones' involvement or lack thereof, being at a strip club at all hours is not exactly in the manual for how to straighten your life out and turn it around.

Of course, this is a guy who also was allegedly in the vicinity when a brawl erupted and a man was shot and paralyzed in Las Vegas last February during the National Basketball Association All-Star game.

Now it turns out he faces felony charges in that incident, stemming from accusations that he bit a bouncer at the club and threatened to kill club employees.

Ever watch a man self-destruct? A man who, inexplicably, is choosing late nights and fights rather than the $1.23 million and the untold accolades he would have been paid as a star in the National Football League?

He could have been another kind of role model. But Adam Jones is at least a good example of how not to spend your time and money if you want to get your life back on track.

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Queen4842 06/22/07 - 08:51 am
What I am about to say may

What I am about to say may not be popular but has bearing. I find it odd that the black community seeks so hard to dominate all sports (very successfully to) as their best practice but continues to promote these people who are clearly not good role models for their young and then blame all of their problems on the white race. This man has the opportunity to make millions and he is blowing it for his lifestyle. Seems to me his mother didn't teach him the basics.

concernednative 06/22/07 - 09:45 am
Who has blamed white people

Who has blamed white people for his problems? What an idiotic comment. Blacks don't try to dominate sports anyone with the talent is going to try to make it in a field that guarantees millions. Yours is one of the lamest posts since AC went to this format.

intheknow 06/22/07 - 02:40 pm
You got to be kidding? This

You got to be kidding? This is agrown man. WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH THE " BLACK COMMUNITY." And when did being a a strip club, become a crime? Jim Baker was at church every week.

ThinkFirst 06/22/07 - 04:09 pm
Yeah, like INTHEKNOW said.

Yeah, like INTHEKNOW said. Sitting in an oven doesn't make you a biscuit, but playing with coal sure will get you dirty.

bone 06/22/07 - 07:29 pm
LOL, thinkfirst! Queen, the

LOL, thinkfirst! Queen, the last part of your post is pretty strong and I regret that the first part diminished the overall effect. Talent and skill is what has gotten blacks their dominant position in sports, not a racial bias towards black athletes. Perhaps there is a reason that there are more asian mathematicians, indian engineers, white business managers, and black athletes - but then we'd have to compare races and i don't think my group (white) would fare well.

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