When it comes to cautionary tales of being carried away by fame and fortune it football, Pacman Jones has plenty of stories to tell. He'll share them at the annual NFL rookie symposium in Cleveland later this month.
"The message is ... this is no joke," Jones said in an interview with Bengals.com. "At the end of the day you have to treat it like a business. And you're a business owner, and every decision you make is a reflection of you."
Jones was the sixth overall pick in the 2005 draft at age 20. The West Virginia product spent only two seasons with the Tennessee Titans before he was suspended by the NFL for the 2007 season for off-field conduct.
Of his six documented arrests, the most infamous incident took place at a Las Vegas strip club in February 2007 with Jones already on probation after a series of incidents. While a patron at the club, he tossed several hundred-dollar bills in the air but allegedly hit a dancer who tried to pick up money he'd thrown "for effect" and in the ensuing fracas allegedly threatened a bouncer at the venue.
Jones played part of the 2008 season with the Cowboys, who traded a fourth-round pick to the Titans during the 2008 draft, but wasn't signed and sat out the 2009 season. He is currently on the roster of the Cincinnati Bengals, serving primarily as a return specialist.