Right now, Adam "Pacman" Jones might not be the best guy to talk to NFL rookies about staying out of trouble at the 2013 NFL Rookie Symposium. He was, after all, just charged with assault for allegedly slapping a woman outside of a Cincinnati bar. But the NFL is going to use him again anyway—just like they did last year—because he hasn't been proven guilty of doing anything wrong during the incident (he says he acted in self-defense) and because his talk with NFL rookies last year went so well.
"You are not going to trick an athlete," NFL Vice President of Player Engagement Troy Vincent said over the weekend, while defending the choice to bring Pacman in to talk to rookies. "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."
So what can Pacman teach the rookie players? How about:
- Staying away from strip clubs
- Staying away from regular clubs
- Staying away from bars
- Staying away from shady people
- Staying away from drunk people
- Staying away from drinking
- Staying away from groupies
- Staying away from spending large sums of money
- Staying away from entourages
Okay, okay. So in spite of his recent legal issues, maybe Pacman is the perfect person for the job here. The guy has been through, well, everything. And he's got some lessons to teach. So despite his past (and his present!), let's let him teach 'em.