LBS- “Yeah, I got fined. 35K. Way too much for a football play,” Jones told Jeremy Rauch of FOX 19 in Cincinnati. “I’ll appeal. I can’t promise it won’t happen again. I’m an emotional player.”
Jones also felt that the story would not have gained as much traction if not for his checkered past.
“The story is magnified because it’s me,” he said.
Hey, you got to give credit where credit is due. Pacman Jones, for once, is not completely wrong. I mean, his actions are undoubtedly wrong, but his words aren't. By definition, what happened between Amari Cooper and Pacman Jones IS, indeed, a football play. It happened between football players, on a football field, during a football game. Just because it wasn't called in the huddle doesn't mean it's not a play of the football variety.
Now, I am not sure how that makes it any less finable. If anything, plays that occur in front of millions of people are actually easier to fine than things that happen away from the football field. If the situations that the NFL has had to deal with over the course of the last year and a half have taught us anything it's that things that are caught on camera are always worse than things that are not. For better or worse, the one thing always caught on about 1,000 different cameras is every play made on a football field. Doesn't matter if it's pass interference or removing your opponent's helmet and trying to bash his skull through it. It's always going to be seen, and in this case, it's always going to be finable. So, while semantically Pacman may be right, theoretically he is definitely wrong. Not just because he tried to concuss a defenseless player, but because he did so while everyone was watching.
While were on the subject, I don't think that Pacman is uncovering some veiled form of injustice by saying that his past makes it far easier to hand out a punishment. After all, the guilty party has emptied more chambers at a strip club then a divorced dude with premature ejaculation issues. Doesn't exactly lend himself to receiving the benefit of the doubt.