Whaaa? NFL asks Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones to speak at rookie symposium
Oft-troubled Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones, who has seen his fair share of issues and run-ins with the law (and Commissioner Roger Goodell) during his five-year NFL career, has been asked by the NFL to speak at the league’s annual rookie symposium.
Jones, who was suspended for the entire 2007 season due to his involvement in a strip club shooting that resulted in the paralysis of club employee and who is well aware that his reputation is the epitome of exactly what the NFL doesn’t want out of its players, is more than happy to do it, and will take part in a panel during every day of the event, which runs June 25-28. Here is what he is preparing to say:
“The message is, this is not a joke. At the end of the day you have to treat it like a business,” he said. “And you’re a business owner and every decision you make is a reflection of you.”
“It rings a bell,” said Jones, who aims to make them think about him in a different light when they listen to him.
“What you do on the field, what you do off the field, it’s all a reflection of you,” Jones said. “Going to the club here, going to the club there. Having 100 people with you. Checking your advisors, your accountants. Just basic stuff.”
Hopefully, “basic stuff” does in no way involve tips on how to “make it rain”.
But in all seriousness, while it would seem that Jones would be the last person the NFL would prefer to shape and mold the young minds of players just entering the league, when it comes down to it, there might be no better player to impart some wisdom upon these young men about all the pitfalls and trouble that lurk around every corner now that they are members of the NFL fraternity. If there’s one thing Adam “Pacman” Jones is, it’s a cautionary tale of how everything that seems so right can go so hopelessly wrong. The young men at the rookie symposium better pay attention.