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Despite arrests, Nick Fairley proclaims himself “a great guy”

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Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley has been arrested twice this offseason, once for marijuana possession and once for drunk driving, but at a youth kickball tournament today Fairley said he hopes people will focus on the things he does right off the field.

Because I’m a great guy,” Fairley told the Detroit Free Press. “Simple as that.”

A person who possesses marijuana can certainly be a great guy. It’s a little harder to swallow the idea that someone who gets drunk and drives his car 100 miles an hour, endangering the lives of everyone else on the roads with him, is a great guy. But Fairley said people who know him know what kind of guy he is.

“I haven’t turned my back on none of my friends,” Fairley said. “I’m still friends with everybody that I’ve been friends with. Like I said, just surrounding myself with better persons, people that got my best interests at heart: people in the locker [room], players just picking me up.”

If Fairley is suggesting that some of his off-field problems have stemmed from not surrounding himself with good people, then maybe he should turn his back on some of his old friends. And Fairley will have to learn that saying he’s a great guy won’t be nearly as persuasive in changing people’s opinions of him as acting like a great guy.

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34 Responses to “Despite arrests, Nick Fairley proclaims himself “a great guy””
  1. hyzers says: Jul 7, 2012 2:15 PM

    Can’t wait to see him this year. Sitting out 2 games will only make his foot better. He did really well last year, despite having a messed up foot.

    Gunther recently talked about the short yardage package: Corey Williams and Sammie Hill at DT with Suh and Fairley at the 3s? Almost unfair…

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 7, 2012 2:15 PM

    He is Nicholas The Great. Grand ruler of his own dog and not much else.

  3. blacknole08 says: Jul 7, 2012 2:27 PM

    You can make bad choices and still be considered a good person. He just needs to stop being so impulsive and start realizing his actions will always be under the microscope as long as he continues to play football.

  4. baddorange says: Jul 7, 2012 2:28 PM

    Vlad the impaler was a great guy as well.

  5. chazzmon says: Jul 7, 2012 2:47 PM

    A great guy doesn’t make him a smart guy!

  6. fdugrad says: Jul 7, 2012 2:49 PM

    Maybe the friends he has not turned his back on contribute to his faulty decision-making skills. It also is a moot point whether HE thinks he’s a great guy. It is what OTHER people think about him after learning about the choices he makes, especially the ones that endanger the lives of innocent people. It is CLEAR that he DOES NOT get it!!

  7. firejerry says: Jul 7, 2012 2:55 PM

    O. J. Simpson thought he was a great guy!!!!!

  8. jcbadger34 says: Jul 7, 2012 2:58 PM

    “If sportswriters (if you can call yourself that) were held to the same narrow standards as those they cover, how would “nice guy” be defined?”
    ———–

    Well, I’m not a sportswriter….but I’ve never gotten behind the wheel after drinking….and certainly not after drinking enough where I would think driving 100 mph while drunk is a good idea.

    So….I’m sure most sportswriters could probably stick to that definition of “good guy.” If you think it’s that hard, I guess we should have a police officer following you whenever you go drinking.

  9. wtfchiefs says: Jul 7, 2012 3:00 PM

    I have found that people who tell you they’re “great” are in fact, not

  10. staffordsyear says: Jul 7, 2012 3:09 PM

    Can only hope hes learned from his mistakes and becomes the dominate dt that lions fans know he can be.

  11. PriorKnowledge says: Jul 7, 2012 3:12 PM

    wtfchiefs says:
    Jul 7, 2012 3:00 PM
    I have found that people who tell you they’re “great” are in fact, not

    Same principle when someone says, “It is not about the money.”

  12. tfbuckfutter says: Jul 7, 2012 3:18 PM

    Not passing judgment on Fairley one way or the other….but everybody thinks they are a great person….even the worst people in the world don’t say “Holy cow, I am just one incredible piece of crap.”

  13. dcrams20 says: Jul 7, 2012 3:19 PM

    Actions, Mr. Fairley. Actions speak louder than words…

  14. cooklynn17 says: Jul 7, 2012 3:19 PM

    Nick most likely thinks Charles Manson and Jeffery Dahmer are pretty swell too.

  15. dfeltz says: Jul 7, 2012 4:26 PM

    you’re typically not a “great guy” if you are the only one saying you’re “great guy.” But I hey, I’m worth millions even though my bank account doesn’t show it.

  16. skoobyfl says: Jul 7, 2012 4:28 PM

    Every guy in prison is innocent as well.

  17. spartaninnh says: Jul 7, 2012 4:32 PM

    I love all the comparisons to murderers. OJ Simpson? Charles Manson? Jeffrey Dahmer? VLAD THE IMPALER?

    Hyperbole much, people? It’s hard to take you seriously when you can’t distinguish between mass murder and a couple of drug arrests.

  18. moscratch13 says: Jul 7, 2012 4:43 PM

    He does sound like a great guy, to party with !

  19. mattjay0101 says: Jul 7, 2012 4:49 PM

    As a season ticket holder.

    I proclaim Nick Fairley to be a waste of time and money.

    Go Lions!

  20. createatopia says: Jul 7, 2012 5:09 PM

    Hey, nice guys get arrested multiple times, ALL… THE… TIME.

    Look at Mike Tyson. And O.J. And Ryan Leaf.

  21. clu1perceiver says: Jul 7, 2012 5:10 PM

    To bad the CBA does not allow for competency hearings of players involved with conduct issues. It would be great if there was some common understanding of acceptable behavior.

  22. lionsownyou says: Jul 7, 2012 6:26 PM

    Man you sure love to beat a dead horse. Especially when it comes to disparaging a Lions player. I can’t wait for the season start so we can roll your Cowboys and pretty much every other team too.
    Then none of this petty garbage that you so love to write about will matter at all.

  23. 49erstim says: Jul 7, 2012 6:39 PM

    You are the reputation that you earn.

  24. bosshoghussla says: Jul 7, 2012 6:42 PM

    Despite Age, Nick Fairley enrolls in 4th grade literature class

  25. kooolo says: Jul 7, 2012 7:11 PM

    perhaps Nick the Great Guy should consider enrolling in an English Class.

  26. jimmylions says: Jul 7, 2012 10:20 PM

    I was thinking the same thing as spartaninnh. Like, holy hyperbole Batman! Pot and and DUI = Murder and Mass Murder? Really?

    Why don’t you folks talk about a really great guy like Joe Pa, who turned a blind eye to a serial child molester? But hey, all is forgiven when you’re a winning coach!

  27. mjkelly77 says: Jul 7, 2012 10:46 PM

    49erstim says:Jul 7, 2012 6:39 PM

    You are the reputation that you earn.
    ________________

    So that’s why outside of San Francisco, Hairbow is known as a back punching then runaway and hide crybaby?

  28. mjkelly77 says: Jul 7, 2012 10:53 PM

    firejerry says:Jul 7, 2012 2:55 PM

    O. J. Simpson thought he was a great guy!!!!!
    ____________________

    Nah!!! O. J. always knew what he was capable of.

  29. mjkelly77 says: Jul 7, 2012 10:55 PM

    I’m testing the “limits”.

  30. warhammer420 says: Jul 7, 2012 11:02 PM

    So he likes to drink and smoke weed. That doesn’t make him a bad person. Though, it probably has a negative impact on his athleticism.

  31. bigwalt2990 says: Jul 7, 2012 11:07 PM

    Oh Jesus, I thought he got arrested AGAIN for a second there….(wiping sweat off brow)

  32. sbrowncreative says: Jul 8, 2012 7:41 AM

    When you’re a good guy, people tell you. You don’t tell them. Typical NFL schmuck. The league is full of narcissists. I seriously am tired of these slobs.

  33. dukemarc says: Jul 9, 2012 1:14 PM

    hyzers says:
    Jul 7, 2012 2:15 PM
    Can’t wait to see him this year. Sitting out 2 games will only make his foot better. He did really well last year, despite having a messed up foot.

    Gunther recently talked about the short yardage package: Corey Williams and Sammie Hill at DT with Suh and Fairley at the 3s? Almost unfair…
    ————————————-

    Who gives a rip what you have up front, if a decent QB can over the top on your pathetic secondary any time he wants?

  34. dukemarc says: Jul 9, 2012 1:17 PM

    mjkelly77 says:
    Jul 7, 2012 10:46 PM
    49erstim says:Jul 7, 2012 6:39 PM

    You are the reputation that you earn.
    ________________

    So that’s why outside of San Francisco, Hairbow is known as a back punching then runaway and hide crybaby?
    ———————————

    Of course, just like Gym Shorts is know as a whiny, sawed off, fake tough guy.

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