Bengals cornerback Adam Jones is spending this week in Aurora, Ohio to speak with the league's youngest crop of players at the NFL rookie symposium. Obviously Jones has had difficulties overcoming a history that he wants to move on from.
Still. The NFL didn't pull him. In fact, the NFLPA and Troy Vincent stood behind Adam Jones despite his latest legal entanglement. Alex Marvez and Jim Miller speak about that with Jones on SiriusXM's Late Hits on Thursday night.
"It's tremendous. I'm still growing as a person. But I'm trying to do everything I can do to make sure that I don't have no regrets at night. I had the one hiccup and that's an area I need to work on. Me being confronted or getting touched with a certain or particular object, that's an area that Adam Jones has to work on. If it would have been anything else, I probably would have just walked away. But when I'm being physically touched, it's an area I need to work on.
"Guys. Nothing happened overnight. I've made a lot of changes. I don't go out to the places that I used to go out to. I don't hang with the people that I used to hang with. On that Thursday night, I decided to go with one of my teammates because he was leaving the ball game over to a bar.
"Like I said, the only thing that I can control is what I'm doing and how I'm doing it in the community. Great father at home. Fiance is very happy. I'm good with my teammates. I'm not out getting drunk all through the night. I'm not out at three, four in the morning. If you can recall, the incident happened at 10:15. I didn't have a drink. The young lady that was in the party was drinking, but...
"It seems like every time I'm trying to do so good, if you have a speed bump, it's 'oh, this brings up the past'. And when I say speed bump, a speed bump is something that is slowing you down to get to where you are going, as in when you hit a speed bump, for me, when I hit the speed bump, I look back at my past and evaluate everything. Am I doing the same thing that I used to do? Am I doing the same thing that got me back on this path of living righteousness and being a good father, and being a good husband. And then you think about all of the objects, then go to, do 'I take accountable for this' or 'do I take accountable for that'.
"It really is an emotion roller coaster if you don't have some kind of ground with god or with family. And if you don't know who you are as an inner-person.