NFL asks Adam “Pacman” Jones to speak at 2012 Rookie Symposium
Adam “Pacman” Jones is known for his exploits off the field more than his talent on the field. He’s been arrested numerous times and missed entire seasons due to suspensions since being drafted by the Tennessee Titans in 2005. He’s the poster child for what an NFL team should be wary of when drafting a player with character issues. Arrests and suspensions have become synonymous with Adam “Pacman” Jones, and now the NFL wants to use him as an example for the incoming rookie class of 2012 in an attempt to keep them from making the same mistakes that he has.
The often troubled cornerback, who now plays for the Cincinatti Bengals, told the team’s website that the league has asked him to be part of a panel discussion at the rookie symposium and that he agreed to participate. He also told the website:
“The message is … this is no joke. At the end of the day you have to treat it like a business. And you’re a business owner, and every decision you make is a reflection of you. What you do on the field, what you do off the field, it’s all a reflection of you. Going to the club here, going to the club there. Having 100 people with you. Checking your advisers, your accountants. Just basic stuff.”
The question here, though, is… is Adam Jones really the man you want giving a lecture to your rookies about not letting fame and fortune get to your head? Do you really want a man with six documented arrests telling impressionable rookies that what you do is a reflection of yourself? Let’s take a look at this guy’s brushes with the law quickly… and be aware this is just his record since joining the NFL.
July 13, 2005– Arrested and charged with assault and felony vandalism after a nightclub altercation.
September 5, 2005- Jones was a guest at the annual Nashville Sports Council Kickoff Luncheon. After a loud verbal tantrum in which he was told to wait in line for his vehicle, Jones was counseled by the police. He refused to pay for any valet services used that evening, because he did not have money.
October 2005– State of West Virginia filed a petition stating that Jones had not been contacting his probation officer and that he had not reported his July 2005 arrest. The judge extended the probation for just 90 days.
March 23, 2006– Charged with marijuana possession in Fayetteville, Georgia. He fhen claimed that he knew how to beat the NFL’s drug test.
August 25, 2006– Arrested for disorderly conduct and public intoxication after being ordered by the cops to leave a Murfreesboro night club several times. Jones claimed a woman stole his wallet. The woman claimed that Jones spat on her. The judge in the case gave him six months probation and told him to stay away from the club.
October 26, 2006– Jones was issued a citation for misdemeanor assault after a female student from Tennessee State University claimed that Jones spit in her face at a Nashville night club.
Feburary 19, 2007– Jones was in the middle of a fight and shooting at a strip club in Las Vegas that left one man paralyzed and two more wounded. The fight broke out after Jones showered strippers on stage with $81,000 dollars. The club owner claims Jones was beating a strippers head against the bar while claiming to kill one of the club’s employees.
January 3, 2008– Pacman is accused of punching Wanda S. Jackson in the face at an Atlanta strip club called the Body Tap Strip Club. Jackson says Jones reached over the counter and punched her in the left eye.
October 8, 2008– Jones got into an alcohol related incident which turned into a physical confrontation with bodyguards that had been assigned to him by the Dallas Cowboys, his former team.
July 2011- misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct while intoxicated and resisting arrest. documents filed in court accuse Jones of being disorderly and shouting profanities in a downtown bar and trying to pull away as officers arrested him. The charge of resisting arrest was later dropped.
The above time line doesn’t include his sentence of one year in prison for a bar fight in Morgantown, West Virginia while in college. The sentence was later suspended in exchange for two years of probation.
After seeing his laundry list of issues since coming into the league in 2005, I’ll ask the question again. If you were an owner/coach/GM, would you want this guy lecturing your rookies on how to stay out of trouble? Maybe if he had turned it around and seemed like he had turned over a new leaf I would be a bit less critical of the idea, but it hasn’t even been a year since his last arrest. I’m curious as to how this man isn’t completely banned from the league yet and now he’s being asked to talk to the rookies about making good decisions? Something’s fishy here if you ask me…
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