The NFL executive overseeing the league's Rookie Symposium knows there were critics who questioned why he would have Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones still speak at the event following his latest arrest.
Troy Vincent was unaffected.
Vincent easily could have pulled the plug on Jones addressing the league's 254-member draft class about the potential off-field pitfalls that pro athletes should avoid. But while some believe the NFL did the wrong thing by having a controversial figure warn his peers about getting into trouble when he is again charged with doing just that, Vincent said standing behind Jones sends a far more powerful and positive message.
"We didn't blink because it's still under investigation," said Vincent, referring to Jones' arrest June 10 for misdemeanor assault in Cincinnati. "We're not talking about something that's tragic. If it was, it's a different ball game. But this young man and me and our office have been in communication with counseling for years...