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Lions have a plan for monitoring Nick Fairley until training camp

Galen Duncan, Nick Fairley AP

For NFL players who are inclined to find trouble off the field, late June and early July — after minicamp and before training camp — is a prime time for it. Which means that right now is one of the prime times for NFL teams to worry about what their players are up to.

In the case of the Lions and their 2011 first-round draft pick, defensive tackle Nick Fairley, that means making plans to keep tabs on a troubled player. Anwar S. Richardson of MLive.com reports that Lions coach Jim Schwartz said the team plans to monitor Fairley before training camp begins next month.

Schwartz didn’t get into any of the specifics of those plans, but the Lions obviously want to ensure that Fairley — who was arrested once for marijuana possession and once for drunk driving this offseason — doesn’t get his third arrest of the year.

“He has a plan for what’s going to go on in the month off, as do the rest of our players,” Schwartz said. “They get ready for training camp. There’s still workouts. There’s a lot of different things. I don’t want to be particular with him, but he has a plan.”

Ideally, the Lions would be able to count on Fairley to conduct himself the right way without the team keeping tabs on him. And the reality is that if a player is intent on driving drunk, possessing illegal drugs or doing anything else that can land him in legal trouble, there’s only so much a team can do to stop him. But the Lions, who still believe Fairley can be a great player on their defensive line, are going to do what they can to keep him in line.

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39 Responses to “Lions have a plan for monitoring Nick Fairley until training camp”
  1. fballguy says: Jun 19, 2012 1:06 PM

    They should get one of those invisible fences and put it around the field. Works great on my neighbors dog.

  2. joetoronto says: Jun 19, 2012 1:10 PM

    For sure, the players can take care of themselves.

    There’s no need for a heavy hand, like Goddell’s.

  3. cletusvandam says: Jun 19, 2012 1:11 PM

    I wonder if the babysitters for these grown men make the same as babysitters for children?

  4. EJ says: Jun 19, 2012 1:11 PM

    If you really want him to stay out of trouble, have one of the well respected players that keeps his nose clean stick with him until training camp, It can’t hurt.

  5. marvsleezy says: Jun 19, 2012 1:12 PM

    Put him under house arrest.

  6. egreen4590 says: Jun 19, 2012 1:15 PM

    My Lions are going to need a pretty big rope to wrap around that abomination.

  7. maddbearfan says: Jun 19, 2012 1:20 PM

    Good luck with this one. Grown man and you have “baby sit” him like a 10 yr old so he doesn’t do anything stupid.
    And eventhough we got Brandon Marshall , at least he doesn’t go drinking and driving being a danger to everyone else like Suh and Fairley.

  8. lightcleric says: Jun 19, 2012 1:21 PM

    The Bengals are kicking themselves for passing on someone who fits their organization perfectly.

  9. thetruth323 says: Jun 19, 2012 1:21 PM

    He is showing all of the signs of having a substance abuse issue. Get him into an aggressive program now and he’ll be fine. Let this go and we’ll watch him self destruct, that is all.

  10. brady100 says: Jun 19, 2012 1:22 PM

    Jim Schwartz could just hold his hand, but then Fairley might squeeze it too hard…

  11. justincase92121 says: Jun 19, 2012 1:23 PM

    Fairley = another statistics

  12. JohnnyTwoTimes says says: Jun 19, 2012 1:24 PM

    As an entrepreneur, it may be a good idea to open a Daycare for NFL and NBA players

  13. keeppounding says: Jun 19, 2012 1:26 PM

    For the alcohol, put a SCRAM bracelet on him, it measures if you’ve had any alcohol through your skin. For the marijuana, put… wait… its weed who gives a s@#t. Legalize it.

  14. malekmj says: Jun 19, 2012 1:28 PM

    1. This was not a smart pick.
    2. Fairley has proven why this wasn’t a smart pick
    3. And yet unlike most bad picks this one still has a chance of paying off cause the kid is just really really good.

    I put the odds at about 15% this whole thing works out well. If it does though…..my Lions will be scary good.

  15. flapjackdaddy says: Jun 19, 2012 1:29 PM

    An anklet?

  16. lionsfan415 says: Jun 19, 2012 1:31 PM

    Have fairley stay at raiolas house, that will do him some good

  17. achamarro1 says: Jun 19, 2012 1:31 PM

    He shouldnt be allowed to leave the metro detroit area. He shouldnt want to he should stay local and work out. Hell even cliff avril stayed local since last season and has been working out and he is a HOLDOUT. Obviously the future of our team reallys on fairley being a productive human off the field not just a productive player on the field. Go Leos

  18. nypd1056 says: Jun 19, 2012 1:32 PM

    Nick Fairley 24 GOING ON 12

  19. burnzy32 says: Jun 19, 2012 1:36 PM

    If I had Fairleys money, I’d stay my butt at home, with a bunch of random hoes coming in and out, in my house connected to a lake, with five jet skis…..the GOOD life!

  20. sterling7 says: Jun 19, 2012 1:37 PM

    Amazing, people bitch about Goodell yet they make excuses to babysit a full grown assclown like Nick (Baby Huey) Fairley. When the hell is everyone going to grow up, these guys are full grown men, it’s a wonder they can wipe themselves after using the bathroom!

  21. ortonwhiskeycrew says: Jun 19, 2012 1:38 PM

    Better be on him like a fly on stool.

  22. dexterismyhero says: Jun 19, 2012 1:40 PM

    Adventures in Babysitting Part 2.

  23. cannonballdookie says: Jun 19, 2012 1:43 PM

    Give him the Josh Hamilton treatment, his own personal manager who follows him around.

  24. doe22us says: Jun 19, 2012 1:44 PM

    Its really sad when @ 22 or 23 you need a babysitter. Sad and pathetic if you ask me.

  25. scratchnpost1234 says: Jun 19, 2012 1:45 PM

    Let him Bodyguard for Chris Brown and Drake………..

  26. mwatts1 says: Jun 19, 2012 1:46 PM

    It saddens me that this fool makes more in three years than my parents, friends and myself make in our lifetime. These idiots don’t even know how lucky they are that they try to ruin it by getting high and drink and driving. Nick is a grown ass man and he needs a babysitter. What a joke, enjoy your millions Nick!

  27. henryd3rd says: Jun 19, 2012 1:53 PM

    I doubt very seriously if we’ll have to worry about Fairley driving habits once he goes before the judge for those two DUW”s as well as that speeding charge. I can see him hiring a car service for a long time. He better hope that that judge he faces is an Auburn Alum? If that judge is a Bama Alum he may not play in this upcoming season at all

  28. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 19, 2012 2:18 PM

    Well, at least Nick is a bit too tall to be saddled with the nickname “Short Bust”. One small thing to be thankful for.

  29. okieviacal says: Jun 19, 2012 2:22 PM

    Yeah, I feel like these guys should all bunk up with an established vet for their first year. I’d stick Suh and Fairley with KVB from the day they sign through the next offseason.

  30. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 19, 2012 2:23 PM

    At least they won’t have to monitor his breathing. I’m sure it’s audible to the naked ear from Mobile to Michigan.

  31. suhnum1fan says: Jun 19, 2012 2:33 PM

    Fairley will be a beast, watch!!

  32. mjkelly77 says: Jun 19, 2012 2:45 PM

    maddbearfan says:Jun 19, 2012 1:20 PM

    Good luck with this one. Grown man and you have “baby sit” him like a 10 yr old so he doesn’t do anything stupid.
    And eventhough we got Brandon Marshall , at least he doesn’t go drinking and driving being a danger to everyone else like Suh and Fairley.
    ___________________

    You won’t be such a big mouth when Suh and Fairley smack the living cowardice right out of Cutler.

  33. mjkelly77 says: Jun 19, 2012 2:49 PM

    burnzy32 says:Jun 19, 2012 1:36 PM

    If I had Fairleys money, I’d stay my butt at home, with a bunch of random hoes coming in and out, in my house connected to a lake, with five jet skis…..the GOOD life!
    ___________________

    I bet. You’d be one the the group of players who are bankrupt five years after retirement.

  34. gordyb7 says: Jun 19, 2012 2:53 PM

    I think Fairley’s learned his lesson and he will be just fine.

  35. granadafan says: Jun 19, 2012 3:20 PM

    Guys like Fairley are products of failed parenting and lacking zero sense of responsibility. He’s been coddled by his schools and never had to lift a finger to work hard in the classroom in high school or at Auburn (SEC, of course) where tutors did the work for him and all he had to do was play ball. Get in trouble? Coach will cover for you.

  36. mgifford15 says: Jun 19, 2012 4:13 PM

    @maddbearfan

    Last I knew, Brandon marshall and nick fairley are even on DUI arrests. Check facts before making stupid comments.

  37. nbcruinedpft says: Jun 19, 2012 5:06 PM

    mgifford15 says:
    Jun 19, 2012 4:13 PM
    @maddbearfan

    Last I knew, Brandon marshall and nick fairley are even on DUI arrests. Check facts before making stupid comments.

    ______________________________

    Of course, Brandon Marshall also has a clinically-diagnosed mental illness known as Borderline Personality Disorder, which is characterized by mood swings, unstable self image, troubled relationships, fears of abandonment, anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, and other erratic and unstable behavior.

    Last I knew, the need to “get crunk” wit yer homeboys and drive drunk at 100 mph to elude cops (and/or get busted for pot and smile in the mugshot) has not been recognized by the American Psychiatric Association or the DSM-IV as a clinical, verifiable medical condition.

    Oh, 13 months into his NFL career, Nick Fairley has one sack and two arrests.

    By time Marshall first had any off-field troubles, he’d already been in the league and put together MULTIPLE consecutive seasons with 100+ catches and 1100+ yds receiving.

    Check context before making stupid comments.

  38. rickyrello says: Jun 19, 2012 11:06 PM

    Ya, Brandon Marshall only beats women, not nearly as bad as that drunk pothead

  39. burnzy32 says: Jun 20, 2012 11:33 AM

    How would you be bankrupt, you can buy a reasonable home and 5 jet skis after like week 6 of your salary check in one season lol, its the Ferraris and crazy stuff people buy, I’d drive a Honda Accord and have great gas mileage lol

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