James Jones on sweatshirt ban: “Why they picking on the hoodie”

Getty Images

James Jones was just trying to stay warm, but now that the NFL has banned his good luck sweatshirt, he wants to stand up for hoodie rights.

During an interview with ESPN Milwaukee, Jones said the texts started rolling in from former Packers teammates immediately, after the league clarified a rule which prohibits players wearing hooded sweatshirts under their uniforms.

I knew that was going to happen, but I’m like, ‘Man, why they picking on the hoodie?’ ” Jones said, via the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “It was strictly just to stay warm, but it became a little good-luck charm and it wasn’t harming anybody. If it’s because the hoodie covers the name, like they say, . . . you know, there’s a bunch of guys in the National Football League that have got long hair and [it] covers their name. So I don’t know the real reason, but  Roger Goodell and them, [maybe] they do it for safety reasons. I’m not mad, but I am kind of angry that they attacked the hoodie.

“We’ve got bigger and better things in our league that need to be fixed. But at the same time, you’ve got to respect it. I’ve never gone against any rules so it’s not like I’m going to run out there with a hoodie and take the fine. I’ve got babies to feed. So the hoodie is officially retired.”

Of course, Jones doesn’t have paychecks to deduct fines from at the moment, as the Packers haven’t re-signed him. He said he’d be willing to return there if they need him, after he was called in for cover when Jordy Nelson was injured. But at this point, no one else has called either.

53 responses to “James Jones on sweatshirt ban: “Why they picking on the hoodie”

  1. C’mon, man. Even as you were doing it it was obvious how much of a safety hazard it was. It was pure dumb luck you weren’t pulled down and had your neck jacked up by the defenseman grabbing onto it. Or even strangled.

  2. Roger Goodell is the worst micro-manager of all-time.

    I’d rather have Sepp Blatter at this point.

  3. “I’m not mad, but I am kind of angry ”
    —————
    This guy has spent too much time in Green Bay. First he does not seem to know sweatshirt come without hoodies, next he does not appear to know mad and angry mean the same thing. The next thing you know he would hire Tony Horton for appearance sake make it appear like he is really really trying this year.

  4. It’s called Integrity James, you are not bigger than the game so leave your homie clothing at home, you HAD a job that required a uniform , go play for Miami if your cold .

  5. Take it easy on him, Vikings fans. He’ll more than likely be a Viking, and then you’ll have to do a 180 to say how smart and great he is.

  6. And yet soon the NE Victims Club will somehow turn this is a “pity us we’re the victims here” thread.

    Sorry not sorry. It’s stale and boring.

  7. cheeseisfattening says:
    Jun 12, 2016 1:28 PM

    This guy has spent too much time in Green Bay. First he does not seem to know sweatshirt [sic] come without hoodies, next he does not appear to know mad and angry mean the same thing.
    __________________

    That’s rich coming from a guy that doesn’t seem to realize sweatshirts don’t have ‘hoodies’ they have hoods and a sweatshirt with one is what is called a hoodie. There also should have been an ‘s’ on the end of sweatshirt as it was used in that sentence. Mad and angry are not always synonymous, by the way. It’s always a source of amusement when someone calling out errors in how another person expresses themselves makes errors of their own in the process.

  8. My way to early 2016 perdictions

    packers will lose the following games

    Week 2 AND 16 Vs MN
    Week 3 and or 17 Vs Lions (barring no phantom facemasks)
    Week 5 Vs giants
    Week 7 and or 15 Vs bears
    Week 9 Vs colts
    Week 11 Vs redskins
    Week 12 Vs Eagles
    Week 13 Vs Seahawks

    lions and bears either split or sweep packers
    ending with
    7-9 at best
    probably more like 6-10 or 5-11

  9. illogicalvoicesinmyhead says:
    Jun 12, 2016 1:09 PM

    There’s an ESPN Milwaukee?!?
    ————————————————
    It’s the monster Cable created.
    All the 200+ channels fees are like 40dollars total and ESPN makes up 1/5 of the bill. So ESPN is = to the fee of 30 to 40 channels for something most people dont even watch. We are ESPN’s cash cow

  10. Meanwhile in Manitowac, the Avery family is getting ready for the annual pakers “owners” meeting. I’ve heard they are big time shareholders. I think they sold a few cars to pay for it!!??

  11. Maybe he’s never had his neck snapped while being horse collared by his hoodie.

  12. It is time for the NFL to also ban long hair that extends outside of the helmet. Let’s end the disgusting display of hair that masks the name on the jersey and let’s force the women to stuff their helmet with their hair or to choose to quit playing football.

  13. You guys keep saying they banned hoodies. They did not. Players can wear hooded. They just can’t let the unworn hood hang down over the uniform. Read what they actually wrote instead of parroting the ramblings of uninformed complainers

  14. I never would have expected a Packer to complain about rules that don’t support his own agenda. Shocker.

  15. There’s a mutual respect between the more mature Packers and Bears fans, being that it’s one of the longest rivalries in sports between two teams that were the pioneers of the NFL.

    Minnesota fans wouldn’t understand it. All of their teams are expansion teams that benefited from the efforts of others, save for the Lakers, who left town 65 years ago.

  16. you know, there’s a bunch of guys in the National Football League that have got long hair and [it] covers their name.
    ====================================

    Those are actually fake hair extensions. I’ve seen quite a few players who had short hair in college, then right before the draft they try to look like Bob Marley. Those need to be banned as well.

  17. Minnesota fans wouldn’t understand it. All of their teams are expansion teams that benefited from the efforts of others
    ————————-
    Got that people? If you are a fan of an expansion team you will never be as good a fan as a fan of an original league team, like Mr. Telekinesis and Packer fans. Aren’t you all in awe of their superiority?

  18. watching frankie booth/ performance talk back and forth sticking up for themselves makes you shake your head! too much time on their hands!

  19. but, but, but, but I am a dragon! your not good enough, your an expansion team! see the self entitlement! we could all learn a little from frankie booth/dragon performance!

  20. So will the NFL try to ban long hair next? That’s probably a bit more dangerous than a hoodie is.

  21. cheeseisfattening says:
    Jun 12, 2016 5:51 PM

    Got that people? If you are a fan of an expansion team you will never be as good a fan as a fan of an original league team, like Mr. Telekinesis and Packer fans. Aren’t you all in awe of their superiority?
    ==================================
    Actually, read back. I never said that fans of expansion teams “will never be as good a fan as a fan of an original league team”. Those are your words, not mine. Why lie?

    I said that Minnesota fans wouldn’t understand the rivalry between two original teams. I didn’t even refer to any other teams fans’, most of whom are far more knowledgeable than Minnesota fans (who don’t think that sports history matters). And the fact that you can’t even comprehend what I had written underscores my point.

  22. 250dollarnflowner says:
    Jun 12, 2016 2:42 PM
    Meanwhile in Manitowac, the Avery family is getting ready for the annual pakers “owners” meeting. I’ve heard they are big time shareholders. I think they sold a few cars to pay for it!!??
    __________________

    Listening to the people paying seat licenses and/or currently giving an out of town owner half a billion dollars in public dollars dissing the folks that voluntarily ponied up their cash to the tune of less than a fifth of that in over 90 years is amusing.

  23. The trolls are out. Yep, fans of the NFL franchise with the most season-ending losses in the history of professional football are desperately trying to be relevant by throwing shade at the team with the most season-ending championships in the history of the NFL.

    “When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.”

    -Socrates

  24. ariani1985 says:
    Jun 12, 2016 9:07 PM
    a jag fan,
    _____________

    If you are referring to me, I am a Giants fan. That’s jag as in Just Another Guy, not Jags as in Jaguars.

  25. The rule is going to be a godsend, now jim jones doesn’t need to search every shopko from apelton to jaynesville for a putrid snot colored hoodie to match the color scheme!!??

  26. Keep I. Mind teams do employ equipment managers who are in charge of player nameplates. Kind of counterproductive to have it masked by a hood. Not to mention the potential safety hazard it encompasses. Someone has a job because of sewing on nameplates, and some people ignorantly fail to see that.

  27. Probably should find a team before he worries about what he’ll wear during cold NFL games in 2016.

  28. Listening to the people paying seat licenses and/or currently giving an out of town owner half a billion dollars in public dollars dissing the folks that voluntarily ponied up their cash to the tune of less than a fifth of that in over 90 years is amusing.
    ——————–
    The people in Brown county have been taxed the same as people in Minnesota. Learn what you are talking about before you talk about typos and dumb positions. The best place is where the community and thee owner split the cost of the stadium 50/50.

  29. frank booth says:

    There’s a mutual respect between the more mature Packers and Bears fans, being that it’s one of the longest rivalries in sports between two teams that were the pioneers of the NFL.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    You may respect the Packer fans, but back in 1985 at the Packer/Bear game at Lambeau, I witnessed 3 of the green and gold’s finest fans urinating on the Bear players as they ran into the locker room at halftime.

    How respectful (and illegal) is that?

  30. jag1959 says:

    Listening to the people paying seat licenses and/or currently giving an out of town owner half a billion dollars in public dollars dissing the folks that voluntarily ponied up their cash to the tune of less than a fifth of that in over 90 years is amusing.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    I guess that you aren’t aware that the Packers used both tax dollars and PSL’s to finance the RENOVATION of Lambeau Field.

    A sales tax increase was charged on all purchases made inBrown County for over 15 years. The state also paid for infrastructure improvements.

    PSL’s of $2,000 per seat ($1400 for the “Green” package and $600 for the “Gold” package) were also charged to all season ticket holders to help finance the renovation.

    And that was only for a renovation – not a new stadium.

    Plus, going back to the original Lambeau Field construction – the Packers only paid for half of it. The city of Green Bay paid the other half.

    That is over and above all their fake stock sale profits.

    The Packers have had their hand out for tax dollars and PSL’s for longer than most teams in the NFL.

  31. gtodriver says:
    Jun 13, 2016 8:21 AM
    You may respect the Packer fans, but back in 1985 at the Packer/Bear game at Lambeau, I witnessed 3 of the green and gold’s finest fans urinating on the Bear players as they ran into the locker room at halftime
    //////////////////////////////////////////

    This is a lie. This is an old wives tale generated by Packer haters. I was there, same endzone, saw the same exit from the stadium. Never happened. This guy has been repeating this same lie for a long time…..because he’s a liar.

  32. gtodriver says:
    Jun 13, 2016 8:21 AM

    frank booth says:

    There’s a mutual respect between the more mature Packers and Bears fans, being that it’s one of the longest rivalries in sports between two teams that were the pioneers of the NFL.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    You may respect the Packer fans, but back in 1985 at the Packer/Bear game at Lambeau, I witnessed 3 of the green and gold’s finest fans urinating on the Bear players as they ran into the locker room at halftime.

    How respectful (and illegal) is that?
    ==================================
    It’s obviously not. But you’re talking about 3 people out of what, 60,000 people at that point.

    I got blindside punched by a North Stars fan just for wearing a Hawks jersey in 1991 at the Met Center. Does that mean that all Stars fans were hooligans?

    And I’ve been threatened at the Metrodome and had beers thrown on us by the guys behind us when cheering for the Bears at a Vikings’ game, when we were up in the cheap seats.

    There’s trashy, drunken, idiot fans at every stadium. I’ve seen fights of all kinds between fans of different teams and amongst fans of the same team at all sorts of different sports venues.

    None of those incidents are representative of the majority of fans at those events.

  33. frank booth says:

    It’s obviously not. But you’re talking about 3 people out of what, 60,000 people at that point.

    ***********************************

    Frank

    I give you credit for understanding that some idiots in Packer gear actually did this deed.

    Yes, it was only 3 guys that actually did the urinating, but the crowd all around was cheering them on.

    Your estimate on the # of people at the game that day is high – Lambeau field couldn’t seat 60,000 people until 1995.

    The Packers added 72 suites to Lambeau prior to the 1985 season (the game was in November of ’85) and the total capacity was on,y 56,923.

    The Packer have never had a 100% sell out – so attendance was less than that.

    Last season, the Packers highest paid attendance (number of tickets sold per the NFL) was 78,526 for the Lions game. The capacity of Lambeau Field is 80,735 (per the Packers own website)

  34. gtodriver says:
    Jun 13, 2016 6:43 PM
    Yes, it was only 3 guys that actually did the urinating, but the crowd all around was cheering them on.
    //////////////////////////////////////////

    This is a flat out lie. I was there, I was sitting in the exit endzone, and I saw the Bears players being booed. Nothing as this guy is describing ever took place. You will find no accounting of it anywhere. Gary D’Amato has written multiple accounts of Bears/Packers games, including fan behavior. It if happened, he’d now.

    It never happened.

  35. ….one more thing; the “crowd all around cheering them on???”

    Impossible. They would’ve been stopped immediately. You may have sat on your hands and watched, but I wouldn’t, and neither would anybody else.

    goatherder is a liar.

  36. frank booth says:
    Jun 14, 2016 1:50 PM

    Funny thing is, I’ve never heard about the urinating incident. Even if it’s true, it’s specious for one to point out an incident over 30 years ago as if it is representative of fans of a certain team.

    You’re right about the Packers never having a 100% sellout. No team ever has- not with all of the comp tickets that are given out, as well as the NFL requirements for charitable ticket distribution.

    But by NFL definition, they have a lot of consecutive sellouts, along with several other teams.

    And they do fill their stadium, and they fill their stadium past the given capacity, however that formula is determined. And they do have the third highest average paid attendance in the league.

    Bottom line is that they meet the NFL sellout criteria and a lot of people come to see their games.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.