It's not like Pacman Jones is a real symbol of oppression in America. He's made several million dollars in his career to play cornerback in the NFL, and not all that well. (To wit.)
But this seems a little much:
Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct in Ohio.
Jones entered the plea in Hamilton County Municipal Court just as his non-jury trial was scheduled to begin. A second misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest was dismissed in a plea agreement with prosecutors.
Judge Brad Greenberg ordered Jones to serve a year of probation, complete 50 hours of community service and pay a $250 fine plus court costs. Jones could have received a maximum jail sentence of 30 days.
OK, Pacman was obstreperous and and drunk. (And we got a great mug shot out of it.) A year of probation seems like a lot for obstreperous and drunk. It seems like the judges just have fun with this shit.
"This is unprofessional behavior," Greenberg said. He told Jones that if he wanted to be regarded as a professional, "you need to act like one at all times."
(Judge Greenberg's website has a fake woodgrain background. Professional?)
Maybe it's just that Pacman was sentenced to a year of probation in February 2011, on some other charge involving drunkenness and disorderly conduct. Maybe the Man wants him perpetually on probation. But doesn't the Man know that non-guaranteed NFL contracts already do that? P.S.: Pacman's a free agent this offseason.
Pacman Jones enters guilty plea [AP via ESPN]