After reading about the return of Chris Henry to the NFL I decided to skim the pages of some other NFL players with checkered pasts to see if they too were going to get what should affectionately be known as the WVU Treatment--in honor of Pacman and Henry breaking nearly every conceivable law and yet continue to play in the NFL. My search was abrubtly halted when I found this little gem regarding Matt Jones' recent arrest for reportedly cutting up cocaine with a credit card in his vehicle. It is a quote I found on Profootballtalk.com's website from Matt Jones' father, Steve Jones.
"We want to make it clear that Matt was not in possession of any drugs, but that there were drugs in the vehicle and were located in the closest proximity to Matt."
However, Arkansasbusiness.com reported that:
"...officers arrested Jones and two other men as they sat in a Toyota 4Runner in an unlit parking lot in a known drug area.
The preliminary arrest report shows an officer saw Jones sitting in the back seat of the car with a white card with a white powdery substance on it, and a credit card in his other hand."
Yeah, I would say having it in your hand would be considered "closest proximity".....what about in your nose, would that too put you in closest proximity? I bet if Jones had run over some kids his father would have stated that his son was not driving the car but would admit his son was in closest proximity to the driver's seat. So Steven, ya wanna try again, take a mulligan on that one?
I know that this is his son, and he does not want to see anything bad happen to him, but who does he think he is helping by coming out with these ridiculous comments? Did Jones' attorneys think this was a good idea? Who does have counseling him? Mike Nifong? Did he hire Kim Etheridge as his publicist? How about saying nothing at all.
But sadly, this is yet another instance of an athlete breaking the law and having those around them give every excuse as to why they are not at fault. Meanwhile, Matt Jones is waiting for the Court's decision before he will read an attorney generated mea culpa that will have all the makings of an apology except for one thing...admitting he did something wrong.