Trouble didn’t leave the Titans when Adam Jones left Nashville.
News broke today that The Freak was arrested and charged with DUI by the Vanderbilt University police Sunday morning. This will damper some of the enthusiasm generated when Jevon Kearse decided to resign with the Titans earlier this year.
Equally as distressing, Titans linebacker Ryan Fowler is under suspicion for buying performing enhancing drugs from a convicted steroids dealer who recently committed suicide.
In the meantime, Adam Jones is campaigning to be known as the cornerback formerly known as Pacman:
“There’s really just a lot of negativity behind it,” Jones said. “It’s just time for a change, man. I’m doing everything to make sure that I’m all right as a person, mentally and emotionally.”
Tennessee took a step forward by separating itself from a public relations nightmare, only to gain two new PR headaches. So much for ridding itself of problem athletes.
My point isn’t to dwell on the mistakes of Kearse and Fowler. I think the problems of today’s athletes are overblown … there was no ESPN in the 1960s and 1970s and I’m sure there was plenty of bad behavior taking place on and off the football field by NFL and AFL players.
I’m still bothered that the Titans were willing to let go of the sixth pick of the 2005 NFL draft — and a very talented player — because they grew tired of dealing with the young man’s character issues, only to face new issues with Fowler and Kearse’s public mistakes.
Are the Titans a better team now Adam Jones is gone?