Adam "Pacman" Jones' recent appearance at the 2012 Rookie Symposium was no doubt a stark object lesson to all NFL prospects about the simple fact that no matter how much you've got in life, it can all go away pretty quickly if you're not careful. Jones, the former first-round pick of the Tennessee Titans, was recently ruled to owe $11 million for the victim of a 2007 shooting at a strip club in Las Vegas. Jones was put on the hook for his involvement in the incident, which left one man paralyzed from the waist down.
Of course, Jones' off-field history is no secret and when he spoke on the Rookie Symposium panel last week, he related that he "made it rain" more than once in his life -- and more than once, the bill was ridiculous when all was said and done. Former Stanford and current Indianapolis Colts rookie tight end Coby Fleener, guest-writing for Peter King in King's Monday Morning Quarterback column for SI.com, broke the news. Fleener was in the audience, watching the panel of Jones and Terrell Owens, moderated by Ross Tucker.
The entire Fleener column is a great read, but what Fleener had to say about Jones' talk really stood out.
"Jones contacted the NFL and asked to be at the symposium to share what he had learned with the rookies," Fleener wrote. "Jones said there will not be another 'Pacman' in the NFL, and credited [NFL Commissioner Roger] Goodell for having changed him as a person. Jones understood that he put himself in a position to be suspended. Jones regretfully recounted spending $1 million in one weekend!
"To which Owens looked at him, smiling, and said, 'Man, you crazy!'"
And when Terrell Owens calls you "crazy," you know there's probably something to it. We're not sure, based on Fleener's report, just what Jones spent all that money on so quickly. Based on his history, there are some pretty easy guesses.
"What you do on the field, what you do off the field, it's all a reflection of you," a more reflective Jones said in mid-June. "Going to the club here, going to the club there. Having 100 people with you. Checking your advisers, your accountants. Just basic stuff."
By the way, that cool million Pacman Jones blew in a weekend? That's more than Adam Jones, which is how he'd like to be known from now on, could possibly make in 2012. Now with the Cincinnati Bengals, Jones signed a one-year deal in March that will top him out at $950,000, including a $250,000 bonus.
One assumes Jones will be much more careful with this money.