MATT JONES SUSPENDED FOR FINAL THREE GAMES

Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Matt Jones will be suspended for the final three games of the 2008 NFL season.
Per Jaguars.com, the NFL announced today that Jones’ suspension, for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, will begin immediately.
Jones was arrested in Arkansas in July and charged with possession of a controlled substance. He had been appealing the subsequent suspension, but that appeal has now been denied.
Jones is the Jaguars’ leading receiver, with 65 catches for 761 yards.

45 responses to “MATT JONES SUSPENDED FOR FINAL THREE GAMES

  1. Stalled from July until December or 5 months. Exactly what Giants owners should have done with Burress! Appeal and delay it until this season and NFL playoffs are completely over – roughly 3 months. Instead the 2 boys who inherited the team from their rich daddies have ruined the Giants possibly best season ever.

  2. why didnt the suspension start earlier? was he appealing? if he plead guilty, what exactly was he appealing?

  3. Perhaps I’m misinformed, but aren’t all supensions for violating the substance abuse policy good for four games, not three? Did they knock a game off on appeal, or am I off base?

  4. Yay Steve How—I mean Matt! Good on ya. Now all we need to complete the NFL suspension circus is a Russian bear and a juggling John 3:16 guy and we’re gold.

  5. that’s too bad. looks like this could put a serious dent in j-ville’s playoff run. ……wait, um what?
    .

  6. Yep – delay the suspension until it does not impact the team’s chances in the play offs. Hey Roger if you want a fan vote of confidence you may have to wait a long long time.

  7. Cocaine = 3 games
    Diet Pills = 4 games
    If that doesn’t make perfect sense to you, then I guess you’re just not as good at math as that glorified street cop the NFL calls its’ Commissioner.
    That angry little prick.

  8. Ditkas cigar: the 4-game suspension is for an offense that could have given players an on-field advantage. You might find the sentence harsh, but it’s there to protect the integrity of the on-field product.

  9. seriously, Goodell messed this one up pretty bad. Why was he so swift on some but so slow on this one? It looks very bad.

  10. So I suppose that means that Shaun Ellis can look forward to getting 3 games off for possessing Mary Jane? Or isn’t it the same because Jones got busted for coke?

  11. So he’ll be back in time for that Super Bowl run we heard so much about in the offseason, right?

  12. I feel pretty much the same as the rest of you…
    Convenient that they wait until they’re out of the playoff picture before his suspension starts. He’s caught “red-handed” in possession of coke, not just tested positive, but with it in his freakin’ lap and gets 3 games? Wow.

  13. Joey Porter says
    It’s about time that coke-head got suspended. WTF, 3 games! You must be joking.

  14. 3 games seem about right. Yet if it was not actually cocaine, but a supplement that masked coke, he would have gotten 4 games

  15. OK, everyone needs to get their panties untangled on this one. None of this is in defense of what Matt Jones did…
    First of all, the NFL suspension rules take a number of things into consideration.
    1. Was it the first offense by the player (it was, in this case).
    2. How was the case adjudicated? Jones had to enter a program, be monitored for testing and the program must be approved by both the NFL and the local court in Arkansas, which it was. The court accepted his plea of not guilty and will withhold adjudication until he has successfully completed the program. This factor weighs on what the suspension will be.
    3. He faced the commissioner, and appealed the suspension. No one knows what the original suspension was because the hearing between the commish and the player is a private session. He may have been told he was getting four, or three. It doesn’t matter at this stage, because he appealed (another thing no one is allowed to discuss outside of the accused) and was given three games. End of story.
    There is nothing unusual or “special” about the treatment he got compared to other players in the past.
    Jones is getting punished for what *he* did. End of discussion. Once Starcaps plays itself out, that will be the end of that, too.
    Actually, one poster said it was stalled from July. It wasn’t. The arrest occurred in July. Nothing happened on the NFL front until after the season began, and they had to wait until the legal wheels finished turning. (He wasn’t snorting on NFL time, he was home during the off-season). If you have to blame anyone for delays, blame the Arkansas courts.
    Another thing not being considered here: Starcaps is not a criminal issue, it’s an issue of violating league policy. Whatever happened to Jones happened at the mercy of the legal machinations, which is no different than any player getting into legal trouble.
    Starcaps wasn’t a criminal act, but the NFL *chooses* to act the way it does in regard to those “illegal” substances (the use of which is not a crime outside the NFL). If you have a beef over who gets suspended for what, talk to Roger.

  16. Nice job Roger. Wait until the Jags have NO chance of making the playoffs and they are going through the motions. If I were on a team that sorry I would welcome a suspension for the rest of the year.

  17. jones WAS the jags pass offense.
    i see 4-12 for sure now. they had a shot at the pack before this.

  18. Right on Ditkas Cigar…
    And I love the timing. I seriously think if Jville were a contender they would have put off his suspension until next year.
    The inconsistencies continue…

  19. How can the NFL expect anyone to look at there drug policy seriously if Jones gets suspended for only three games for cutting up coke in his car, while the Starcap 5 (or 6 if you count Grady Jackson) get four games for a natural pill with a missing ingrediant?
    Goodell you are embarrassing the league…

  20. Jesus, people will find a reason to bitch about everything, won’t they? First folks were complaining because he wasn’t suspended, now they’re complaining because he is suspended? Come on guys, you can’t have it both ways.

  21. Unless I am mistaken, it is a 4 game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance (that is where the star caps guys come in). However, Jones never tested positive (again, unless I missed something). All he did was subject himself to the policy from his plea deal in court. So he was suspended 3 games for essentially admitting to using it, but the NFL doesnt have an “official failed” test. I am not defending Jones or the policy or the NFL, or calling anyone out, just adding my 2 pennies, from what I understand. It is just like players (Kevin Faulk) that are caught with banned substances (in Faulk’s case, a marijuana cigarette). He was suspended for 1 game for having it, but he never failed a drug test, so he wasnt subject to the 4 game suspension

  22. 3 games seem about right. Yet if he were caught only taking a
    supplement that masked coke, he would have gotten 4 games.

  23. Hey means a higher draft pick, one of the best moves the Jags have made all year. Jones might actually help them win a couple of more games next year.

  24. Let me see…
    I’m rich, I have a drug problem and my schedule just cleared up I wonder (snif) what I’m going to (snif) do with all of this free (snif) time on my hands (snif)…

  25. =============
    FlorioHatesMyTeamMoreThanHeHatesYourTeamWaahhh says:
    December 9th, 2008 at 3:49 pm
    Unless I am mistaken, it is a 4 game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance (that is where the star caps guys come in). However, Jones never tested positive (again, unless I missed something). All he did was subject himself to the policy from his plea deal in court. So he was suspended 3 games for essentially admitting to using it, but the NFL doesnt have an “official failed” test. I am not defending Jones or the policy or the NFL, or calling anyone out, just adding my 2 pennies, from what I understand. It is just like players (Kevin Faulk) that are caught with banned substances (in Faulk’s case, a marijuana cigarette). He was suspended for 1 game for having it, but he never failed a drug test, so he wasnt subject to the 4 game suspension
    =============
    Thanks for offering clarification.

  26. Let me get this straight… The NFL at the beginning was going to suspend him for 3 games anyways, right? So… Is cocaine and marijuana worse than a natural supplement that was spiked with an illegal substance that doctors deemed deadly if not consulted BY a doctor every so often? I thought cocaine and marijuana were illegal unless the marijuana was for medical ‘treatment’. If they took it light on him because of the fact that he went through a drug prevention program, that’s bogus, because these 6 players (1 still pending) that took StarCaps didn’t know what it contained and weren’t forewarned by the NFL Hotline or by the NFL (you know, instead of a message that was never received e.g. a blank piece of paper). Just let them go, it’s not that bad to do that.

  27. ==========
    SpartaChris says:
    December 9th, 2008 at 3:41 pm
    Jesus, people will find a reason to bitch about everything, won’t they? First folks were complaining because he wasn’t suspended, now they’re complaining because he is suspended? Come on guys, you can’t have it both ways.
    ==========
    Gee… maybe some people complained he wasn’t suspended, and now different folks are complaining he was suspended?
    Nah… I’m sure it’s the same people posting who want to “have it both ways.” Totally unreasonable to think there might be different folks with opposing opinions, right?!

  28. joe.attaboy
    Well stated but there is one problem in your argument.
    Goddell often doesn’t have the punishment fit the crime
    Look at Belicheat, he violated policy and was fined $500k,
    while the piece of trash known as “Pacman” Jones was suspended for a year for multiple criminal incidents unrelated to on the field behavior.
    I think “Pacmans” was justified punishment but he was lenient on Bill because there was much more for the NFL at stack.
    This contradicts your argument
    There is definitely a bias, I’m not saying a racial bias, just a bias that I’m too lazy to analyze
    It just seems to me that other off field criminal incidents come to some conclusion a lot sooner than this one did, remember all of these guys are rich and can afford the best lawyers so I’m sure he didn’t do anything different then others. I’m sure there is a lot we don’t know, but at face value it seems odd…

  29. They waited long enough.
    Is that 3 Game Suspension “with pay” too..???
    Let’s just give Matt a holiday vacation
    with pay while we’re at it…
    LOL Go Jags!!!!!!!!
    (Justice delayed IS justice denied,
    isn’t it..?)

  30. >>Author: Vox Veritas
    Comment:
    Only 3 games for getting busted with cocaine? More east coast bias.<<
    How can you claim an east coast bias when your team has has been allowed to re-instate the arguably single biggest turd in the league?”

  31. Amazing: Starcaps gets you 4 weeks but cocaine gets you 3 – even though cocaine IS a performance-enhancing drug.

  32. joe.attaboy said it all. Everyone wants to play the conspiracy theories, but it’s all unfounded. Performance enhancing drugs (and bumetanide falls into this category because of its masking property) recreational drugs. Period.
    As far as Belichick is concerned, I think he was let off too easy, but I don’t know if anything other than one tape was found or what other evidence there was. The destruction of the tape was very strange, though. That one would’ve been much better handled if there was more transparency.

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