If there’s one player that needs to be heeding his words more than speaking them, it’s Pacman Jones.
The troubled CB spoke on Monday at the annual rookie symposium, and tried to warn the class of 2012 about the pitfalls and issues that players (like himself) have had in his NFL career.
“I wouldn’t want any of those guys to go through what I’ve gone through. It’s not fun being on the news every day for this mistake or that mistake because your boy did this or you did that. At the end of the day, my oldest girl is six right now, and she can read. She can type my name into a computer. You don’t want her to see all of those negative things.”
It’s been a tough road for Jones, who was suspended for the 2007 season by Roger Goodell. Recently, he was forced to pay $11.6 million in damages from a civil lawsuit in Nevada over the fight he was involved in in a strip club that turned into a triple-shooting outside the venue.
Jones said he didn’t bother to heed any advice given when he was at the rookie symposium in 2005. “I don’t remember too much from my (2005) rookie symposium because I didn’t pay attention,” Jones said. “That was a problem — and it probably would have helped me out with a lot of situations I’ve been in.”