Now that he's prepared to make his highly publicized TNA (I wonder if he thought it really meant T&A?) wresting debut tonight, the rumor is out that Pacman Jones may be violating the contract he signed with the Tennessee Titans. Suspended for the entire year (though he has a review after 10 games) without pay for his alleged (as well as real) legal troubles, Jones is not allowed at training camp and may only visit the training facility once a week for treatment.
So why is there talk that the NFL and/or the Titans might seek to prevent him from wrestling during his suspension? Normally, a standard player contract forbids an athlete from participating in any activity that might be risky to their health or bodies (skydiving, motorcycle racing, etc.). As much as one might criticize this clause as being overly restrictive, it is actually necessary since teams understandably want to protect their investment. However, in this particular case, I do not believe Pacman Jones should be bound by the terms of that clause.
But Mr. Curtis, I thought you didn't like Pacman Jones?
I don't. I think he's an arrogant crybaby, but right is right. He's not getting paid during his suspension, and aside from whatever caused the suspension in the first place, he is not being allowed to perform services for the Tennessee Titans this year. Therefore, his ability to earn a living is severely restricted (though I hope he had the sense to tuck some of that signing bonus away). Hence, he should not be bound by the clause, at least for the first 10 weeks, and Goodell shouldn't base his decision to let him return on whether or not Pacman ultimately wrestles for TNA. This was a suspension over legal issues, and as long as Jones stays out of trouble between now and week 10, he should get a fair hearing.
I welcome your thoughts on the subject.