Black Dad Spotlight: Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones Adopts the Sons of Former Teammate Chris Henry
Former NFL cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones said he officially adopted the sons of the late Chris Henry, his former West Virginia University teammate.
Henry, who had a promising future in the NFL, died at just 26-years-old in 2009.
Jones shared the news in a recent appearance on Hall-of-Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe’s podcast.
.@REALPACMAN24 tears up while talking about adopting Chris Henry’s kids:
“We love each other hard. We cry together, we pray together, we do everything together. We all family.” pic.twitter.com/nywSiFdGhv
— Club Shay Shay (@ClubShayShay) September 2, 2021
“Everybody knows me and Chris were best friends in college,” Jones said on the podcast. “I’m still close with his entire family, I’m still close with Loleini, which is the boy’s mom. We were just talking and I was like I got to get to the boys so I took what we’ve done so far and maxi maximized it.
“We’ve been working on this for three or four years.”
Henry’s two sons Chris Jr. and DeMarcus will be joining Jones’s family of five, with his wife and three sons.
Henry suffered blunt force trauma to the head after falling from a truck in a domestic dispute.
Officials were unable to determine whether Henry jumped or fell from the truck. His fiancé, Loleini Tonga, told ESPN Henry jumped from the back of the truck while the two were arguing.
Henry and Jones were college teammates at WVU. Jones signed with the Cincinnati Bengals in May of 2010, just a few months after the death of his close friend.
Henry spent his entire five-season NFL career with the Bengals from 2005 to 2009. Jones played for the Bengals for parts of eight seasons from 2010 to 2017.