Suspended Titans Cornerback Pacman Jones Turns to TNA Wrestling
Jones reportedly signed a non disclosed contract with Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling and will make his ring debut on Thursday August 9, the company said Monday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed at press time.
His first appearance will be for the show’s iMPACT! segment on Spike TV. He will also appear in a pay-per-view show on Sunday. TNA films at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla.
“I am a big fan of wrestling, so I wanted to give it a try,” Jones said in a statement. “I respect wrestling and I’m not coming in like it’s just a show. I want to prove that I am the greatest team-sport athlete.” . . .
TNA spokesman Steven Godfrey said officials could not comment on whether Jones actually will wrestle.
Jones’ NFL contract prohibits all non-football activities that migh cause injury. Jones’ agent stated last week that they had discussed Jones’ appearance on TNA with Tennessee Titans representatives.
Titans Coach Jeff Fisher couldn’t immediately be contacted for reaction at press time.
Jones was suspended in April for the 2007 season by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for conduct detrimental to the league. He dropped his appeal of that punishment in June.
On June 25, 2007, a bouncer at the Las Vegas strip club sued Jones, claiming that he shot him and had bitten his left ankle.
He wouldn’t be the first Titan to make a TNA appearance. Titans defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch worked the corner for retired tight end Frank Wycheck at a TNA tag team match in June in Nashville.