Pacman Jones to talk at symposium
Adam "Pacman" Jones will speak at the NFL Rookie Symposium for the second straight year despite his recent arrest for assault.
Troy Vincent, the NFL's vice president of player engagement, told the Cincinnati Enquirer on Sunday that the Cincinnati Bengals cornerback's talk made an impression on the NFL's rookie players last year and his experiences are authentic.
"You are not going to trick an athlete. They know when it is dressed up and not real," Vincent told the newspaper. "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."
The rookie symposium will be held June 23-29 in Aurora, Ohio. Former Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett has said he also is on the list of speakers at the event.
Jones, 29, is accused of hitting a 34-year-old woman at a downtown Cincinnati nightclub on June 5. A police report lists the injury as apparently minor. He has pleaded not guilty.
Jones' agent, Peter Schaffer, told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that Jones was approached by two intoxicated women who wanted to have their picture taken with the football player. When Jones refused, one of the women threw a beer bottle at him and Jones responded by allegedly slapping her.
Surveillance video of the altercation, obtained by a local radio station and verified as authentic by Cincinnati police, appears to show Jones approaching two seated women outside the club. Then, a third woman approaches Jones and appears to confront him. The grainy video shows the woman reach toward Jones' face, but it's unclear what she does or whether she's holding anything in her hand.
Jones then appears to hit the woman, who falls to the ground but quickly gets up and follows Jones off-camera as another man with him ushers him away.
Jones' most recent encounter is not the first time he has been in trouble. He pleaded guilty in January 2012 to a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. He had been accused of shouting profanities and trying to pull away as police arrested him at a Cincinnati bar months earlier.
Also last year, Jones was ordered to pay $11 million in damages to two Las Vegas strip club employees injured in 2007 when a gunman claiming he was doing Jones' bidding opened fire outside the club after Jones and his entourage were kicked out. A club manager was paralyzed from the waist down and a bouncer was wounded.
Jones said he had no role in the shooting and pleaded an equivalent of no contest to misdemeanor conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct. The gunman, Arvin Kenti Edwards, is serving four to 10 years in prison.
Information from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and The Associated Press was used in this report.