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Pacman To Be Re-Instated

In news that should be shocking to no one, ESPN.com News Services is reporting that the NFL will re-instate Pacman Jones for the upcoming season. Based on this timeline, which can be found in the story linked above, who can blame them:

Jones Timeline

Adam “Pacman” Jones has been arrested six times and involved in 12 incidents requiring police intervention since being drafted in 2005. He was suspended from February 2007 to August 2008. A quick timeline since 2007:

Feb. 19, 2007: Jones is alleged to have been involved in a shooting at a Las Vegas nightclub. Jones was charged with two felony counts of coercion stemming from allegations that he threatened to kill club employees and scuffled with a bar bouncer. He was never charged in the shooting.

April 10, 2007: Jones suspended by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. The suspension could be re-evaluated after the 10th regular-season game.

Dec. 13, 2007: Players Association files an appeal on behalf of Jones, who has not been reinstated.

April 1, 2008: Goodell says that he will have a decision on reinstating Jones prior to training camp.

April 23, 2008: Jones traded to Dallas for fourth-round draft pick and a conditional pick.

June 2, 2008: NFL allows Jones to participate in organized team activities, practice and preseason games.

Aug. 28, 2008: Jones reinstated and may play Week 1 of 2009 season.

– ESPN.com

Now I know the Cowboys have been something like a work-release program for the prisons of our great country, and I further believe that everyone deserves a second chance, this isn’t exactly a second chance. Those are long since passed.
That being said, there was no way Dallas signs the guy in the off-season without at least an inkling of information from the commissioner’s office that he would be re-instated.
Here’s hoping Santana Moss makes it rain for Pacman, as in TD catches. 
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