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Old 06-16-2012   #1
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Default Pacman Jones on his past: “I was pathetic”

Definitely can't argue with him. And I know this will generate many to skepticism. However, if he has truly seen the light, although late, I would still support his "enlightenment."


Posted by Evan Silva on June 16, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT


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Bengals cornerback Pacman Jones‘ appointment as speaker at the NFL’s annual rookie symposium probably drew a few eyerolls from cynics who have every right to be cynical about Jones, considering his long history of transgressions.

But the notion that Jones has turned over a new leaf isn’t a ruse. Bengals rookie cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick says Jones has already taken steps to steer him in the right direction.

“I haven’t had anything negative from him,” Kirkpatrick told the team’s website. “He doesn’t want to see me following in his footsteps. Just being around the wrong people. Surrounding myself with not a lot of positive people. Those are the things that he’s been trying to tell me.”

Jones is blunt when you ask him about his past.

“I was pathetic,” Jones said. “I had no respect for the money I got. I had respect for football. [But] I acted like I was still hanging out in college. I didn’t realize the scrutiny that came with it.”

Jones says a “big part” of his “message” at the rookie symposium will involve informing young players to stay away from problematic characters from their past, regardless of how long they’ve known them.

“When it gets down to the get-down, none of those guys will be there,” Jones said. “When you hit that dark wall, the only person you can probably call is your mom. You have to get through it. It’s easy to say, but when you go through it, it really hits you.”
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Default Re: Pacman Jones on his past: “I was pathetic”

Good for him to man up and admit it.
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Default Re: Pacman Jones on his past: “I was pathetic”

Too little too late IMO
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Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones must pay $11 million in damages to two Las Vegas strip club employees injured in 2007 when a lone gunman claiming he was doing Jones' bidding opened fire outside the club.

Tommy Urbanski, a club manager who was left paralyzed from the waist down, and Aaron Cudworth, a bouncer who was wounded, stand to collect after the late Friday verdict. Urbanksi's bones were shattered in the shooting that occurred after Jones and several other people were ejected from the club. The shooter later demanded $15,000 from Jones for "services rendered."
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Default Re: Pacman Jones on his past: “I was pathetic”

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Ah, he was just being rebellion. Ain't nothing wrong with going to scrip clubs.
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Default Re: Pacman Jones on his past: “I was pathetic”

The NFL has been holding these rookie symposiums for a number of years now and I question if it really does any good because every year you still have rookies doing stupid stuff, hanging with the wrong posse, and getting arrested. When Vick got in trouble years ago, film footage of his rookie symposium came out and his was sitting in the middle of the crowd and heard everything that was said and still went down the wrong road. I honestly think it's a maturity issue with many of these players and if they were held more accountable for their actions in college many of them wouldn't have near as many issues in the NFL.
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The NFL has been holding these rookie symposiums for a number of years now and I question if it really does any good...
if it changes one young man's choices, it's worth it.

I guess Pacman's message was don't hang out with your old gangster buddies. I wonder what percentage of 2012 NFL rookies have gang affiliations versus 8-10 years ago?
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