For a second straight year, Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones will talk to incoming NFL rookies about his troubled past, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
NFL Vice President of Player Engagement Troy Vincent said that Jones remains on the list of speakers for the symposium, which will be held June 23-29 outside Cleveland. Vincent said Jones’ talk last year was well received by the rookies because it talked about many of the challenges that players face.
Another big factor for Vincent is that the experiences are real. This isn’t a role-playing session with others acting out possible scenarios, this is a player talking about the successes and failures he has had.
Jones just had a “real” experience last week after he slapped a woman for allegedly throwing a bottle at him outside of a Reds baseball game.
“You are not going to trick an athlete. They know when it is dressed up and not real,” Vincent said. “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.”