By Jack Spencer

The annual NFL rookie symposium is slated to get underway on June 23 and runs through the 29th. The league has decided that they will bring back a controversial veteran once again to speak with this year’s crop of rookies, Cincinnati Bengals DB Adam “Pacman” Jones. Is this really such a good idea?

Jones has a storied history in the NFL and was recently accused of hitting a woman at a nightclub on June 5. He claims that an intoxicated woman threw a beer bottle at him and he responded by striking the woman in self defense. Prior to that incident, Jones pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly conduct in January 2012. He was forced to pay $11 million dollars in damages to two Las Vegas strip club employees after a 2007 incident. He has been banned from the league for a year by the league.

As the league moves forward with new safety initiatives, why are they bringing in players such as Jones to speak with rookie players which are going to have the most money they’ve likely seen in their lives thrust on them as they sign their new contracts?

NFL vice president of player engagement Troy Vincent thinks the idea of having Jones speak is a good one. “You are not going to trick an athlete. They know when it is dressed up and not real. When you can sit among your peers and just talk about your life, someone is learning from that. They can look at him and see themselves from the way they look to where they have originated,” Vincent told a reporter from the Cincinnati Enquirer when asked about the decision.

I believe there are far better role models to come and speak with this year’s rookie class than Pacman Jones.

 

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