Your Move, Mr. Goodell

By Roy S. Johnson
Updated: July 11, 2008

NEW YORK — This’ll be fun. Or at least it will be curious to see how NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell handles this one. Another well-known NFL player has run afoul (allegedly) of our nation’s laws. Our drug laws, no less.

And this time, it’s not a braided, bling-out cat “makin’ it rain” at a strip club and causing such a ruckus that someone gets shot.

It’s Matt Jones, a clean-cut All-American (read: white) wide receiver from the heartland (or Arkansas, at least) who plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

He’s no Pacman. Not on the field (a former first-round pick, he’s pretty much been a dud for Jack Del Rio). Nor off it (no long record of behavioral misdeeds).

But what he’s accused of doing is a doozy: He was arrested in Fayetteville early Thursday morning (along with two buddies) when police approached his car and found him “cutting” with a credit card what turned out to be cocaine.

According to the police report, an officer pulled out his gun when Jones did not immediately show his hands.

Police said a search turned up a plastic bag filed with coke and a jar with what may be weed residue.

Jones faces felony drug possession, and will be arraigned Aug. 11 – two days after the Jags’ preseason opener against (you can’t make this up) Atlanta.

Last April, Pacman Jones was suspended by Goodell for the entire 2007 season, essentially because the incident at the Las Vegas strip club where someone was subsequently paralyzed was the final straw in a haystack of bad behavior by the then-Tennessee Titan D-back.

Jones originally faced two felony charges stemming from the Vegas matter but eventually pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct.

He was given a one-year suspended prison sentence, put on probation, and ordered to do the community-service thing (200 hours). He still, however, has not been completely reinstated.

Now, with another Jones behind bars, well, Mr. Goodell, you are officially on the clock.

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