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Statement From Titans Owner Bud Adams On Jones Suspension

"We appreciate the Commissioner's thoughtful decision today and the discipline plan imposed on Adam Jones," said K.S. "Bud" Adams, Jr. "We respect this decision and are confident this is in the best interest of the League and the team. We are hopeful that it will achieve the goals of disciplining the player and eventually enabling him to return to the field of play. Our goals for Jones are consistent with the League's in that regard.

"We are one team among 32 in a league that has collectively bargained with its players on a number of issues. One of those issues is discipline and the Commissioner has far greater discretion and power in matters of discipline than individual clubs. This level of corrective action is simply not available to the team, and we made the conscious decision to defer to the Commissioner's action with respect to the League's Conduct Policy.  We also believe that any suspension by the Commissioner has ramifications to the player's contract status and can be dealt with by the team in due course.

"Unfortunately this decision does not end our deliberations about this player for our team. We will need assurances from the player on a number of issues before we are comfortable having him return to the team. Until we see a change in behavior through his actions and until he shows the ability to avoid controversy off the field, we will move forward with the possibility that he may not return to this team.

"We feel that the future for Jones rests with him, his ability to meet the standards required by the League and the team, and his effort to earn back trust from the organization, teammates, the NFL and the fans.  Only if he meets these guidelines will he be allowed to return to the team."

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