Adam “Pacman” Jones has been fined $35,000 for this incident involving Raiders rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper.
Pacman Jones mentioned after the game that he did not expect to be fined at all for that scuffle, but he was wrong. Pacman spoke with ESPN and was obviously upset with the decision handed down by the NFL,
“It’s way too much, $35,000 is a lot of money for a guy out playing football. But it is what it is.”
Jones also added that he would appeal the decision which does not look like a wise decision. There are numerous videos with different camera angles showing what Pacman did.
The fine was for hitting a defenseless player, and it sure does look like Cooper can’t protect himself when Jones is in full mount and he slams Cooper’s head on his own helmet.
What set Pacman off in this scenario was Cooper getting away with this jab to the throat during a play where Cooper was running with Jones.
Cooper probably should have been flagged for illegal hands to the face but there was still no way that Pacman Jones was going to let him get away with it.
“My line, you can’t walk with the line. When the line is crossed, you either click on or you click off. So I don’t know about the line. As far as in life you have to walk like that, but on the field, I’m just one of those guys who plays with no seat belt. I’m not going to change the way I play for nobody. As long as it’s not hurting my team then I’m cool. I know the difference between playing smart and reckless and playing smart and reckless and doing dumb things. Hopefully that won’t happen anymore.”
“Like I’ve said, I’m going to (let) whatever happened on the field stay on the field. Everybody knows how I play this game. That’s not going to stop, I don’t want to do nothing to hurt my team. I’ve got to keep my cool and play within the lines.”
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis also weighed in on the incident, We have got to be better than that,” Lewis said. “We have to walk away. We’re supposed to make plays. This is NFL football. You’re supposed to make plays and walk away to the back of the huddle. We can’t have the penalties we had in those situations because those things can change a game and they can really hurt you. We’ve got to do a better job.”
It’s been quite a while since Adam “Pacman” Jones has been in the news for the wrong reasons. The former top 10 pick out of West Virginia was arrested multiple times and suspended for an entire season in 2007.
However, Pacman Jones has turned a corner in his professional career. He’s found a new home with the Cincinnati Bengals, and he’s kept himself out of trouble for the last couple years. Pacman Jones has always had a lot of talent, and at age 31, the 8th year cornerback has finally figured it out.