The Dallas Morning Star reports that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell met with suspended corner back Pacman Jones concerning his being allowed to play this year.

Jones was suspended prior to last season after numerous problems with the law. He missed the entire 2007 season. He just paid off a $20,000 gambling debt in Las Vegas. The payment came after the local district threatened to file felony charges against the corner back if he didn’t make good on the debt.

Due to the suspension, Jones has not been allowed to practice with his new team at the Cowboys’ Valley Ranch, which is the team’s off-season training facility. If Jones is not reinstated, then sources say that the club is hoping that the NFL will let him go to counseling sessions at the training camp where he can get to know his new teammates.

On December 6, 2007, Jones plead no contest on a charge connected with a shooting at a Las Vegas strip club. In a plea bargain, Jones, who was to be charged with coercion, a felony that could have garnered him a one to six year sentence, was charged with conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct. Jones, as his part of the deal, told police what he knew about the alleged gunman.

Jones picked the alleged gunman, Arvin Kenti Edwards, out of a police lineup in April. Edwards is presently in jail in Seattle awaiting extradition.

Jones and Dallas hope that the corner will be allowed to join the team next week.

Paul mroczka
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