After all else failed, apparently a video caused the Winnipeg Blue Bombers to come to their senses and pass on out-of-work cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones.
During a video chat Jones did Tuesday, he couldn’t get the name of the Canadian Football League right (calling it the “UFL”), then said as soon as he could secure a contract in the NFL, it would be, “Bye-bye Canada.”
The statements did not sit well with Blue Bombers management.
“After deliberating and further investigating, we feel at this time it is not in the best interest of our football club to pursue Adam Jones and wish him all the luck in his future endeavors,” coach Mike Kelly said Wednesday.
Translation: “What in the world were we thinking?”
• WATCH THOSE TWEETS — The United States Tennis Association, which conducts the U.S. Open, has warned players to be careful what messages they send through Twitter as well as when they tweet.
Fearful about information that potentially could be used by gamblers, the USTA does not allow Tweeting during matches. Signs in the locker rooms, posted by the “Tennis Integrity Unit,” remind players about how and what they can tweet.
The signs say tweeting is not allowed on the court during matches. They also warn about using Twitter away from the court: “(Sending) certain sensitive information concerning your match or other matches and/or players should be avoided. Depending on the information sent out, this could be determined as the passing of ‘inside information.’ “
Andy Roddick isn’t buying it. He called the USTA’s Twitter policy lame and said in a tweet: “I definitely respect the rule about inside info and on the court, but you would seriously have to be a moron to send ‘inside info’ through a tweet.”
• STATE SUPPORT — Michigan State’s football team has added a decal to its helmets in an effort to show support for the economically struggling state.
The Spartans will wear a sticker with a silver outline of Michigan on the backs of their helmets this season, starting with Saturday’s opener against visiting Montana State. The “Silver Lining” decal is intended to symbolize the university’s commitment to helping the state move toward a brighter future.
Michigan’s unemployment rate was 15 percent in July. Federal statistics show the state has held or shared the nation’s highest jobless rate for 41 straight months.
“Given the challenging economic conditions that we face in the state of Michigan, we wanted to show support for the residents and businesses in our home state and encourage everyone to unite for our common good,” Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said in a statement.
The helmet sticker concept originated with a suggestion from Dantonio to athletic director Mark Hollis.
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