Posted on: January 9, 2009 2:56 am

Media beats the dead horse that is Pacman

In the past, it has usually been Adam Jones doing himself in. Whether it was brawling with his own bodyguard or making it thunderstorm in the club, Jones just couldn't keep himself out of trouble. Jones had received multiple suspensions, usually correlating with how the legal proceedings went.

The Dallas Cowboys have released Jones, after a report on ESPN implicated Jones in past incident they were unaware of. In the story, Jones(allegedly) was the ring leader behind a shooting outside of a club. To be honest, the details of the story don't matter to me.

What does matter to me is how quickly the Cowboys dumped Jones once they heard of the allegations. Jerry Jones and the Cowboys stuck with Jones through his initial reinstatement, his mid-season suspension, and second comeback. Then all of a sudden, a story breaks about an past incident (in which no charges were filed against Jones), and they release him. Apparently, lack of evidence to press charges against Jones didn't stop the Cowboys' quick trigger-finger.

In the report, a video camera captured Pacman at the scene of the alleged crime, and that is pretty damning. However...that, combined with these men telling their side of the story (with their identities in confidence, mind you), is basically the media shoving "GET RID OF PACMAN" propaganda down everyones' throats, especially anyone affiliated with the Cowboys.

It was a PR hit the Cowboys just couldn't deal with again, so they did what they had to do...that's what it looks like on the surface. But it almost seems as though Jerry Jones himself wanted the story to come out so he'd have an excuse to get rid of Pacman.

Don't get me wrong, I generally wouldn't defend Pacman. I think he's a team liability and the Cowboys shouldn't have gotten him in the first place, but something seems fishy here. Maybe I'm crazy and thinking about it too much...it just seems unfair that Pacman basically got snitched out of his job by the accusers and the media.

It just goes to show how powerful the media has become.

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