Fairley asks to attend Rookie Symposium


The flesh may still be weak, but the spirit seems to be willing.

Lions defensive tackle Nick Fairley, who along with the rest of the 2011 draft class didn’t attend the Rookie Symposium because there wasn’t one, made a special request for permission to attend this year’s session, according to Tim Twentyman of the team’s official website.

Fairley, whose offseason incidents include marijuana possession and DUI/eluding police, arrived with the AFC rookies, whose portion of the program began on Wednesday.

“Nick knows that his actions will speak louder than his words in accepting responsibility and moving forward,” Lions president Tom Lewand told Twentyman.  “Asking to attend this year’s symposium is clearly a positive action and a step in the right direction.”

We agree, as long as Fairley thought of it on his own, as a way to truly make a step in the right direction.  If Fairley or someone close to him is merely hoping to improve a troubled player’s image by going through the motions, it won’t matter.

40 responses to “Fairley asks to attend Rookie Symposium

  1. Interesting that no other 2011 rookies are attending. This provides a litmus test for the effectiveness of the symposium as they can track the 2011 class and see if they experience an inordinate amount of problems that are addressed in these meetings.

  2. Fairley just pled not guilty which means he has not taken ownership of his legal troubles. His handlers must have suggested that he do this hoping that he gains leniency from the commisioners office.

  3. There is no way this was Fairley’s idea. Lions have a PR disaster they are trying to clean up a little bit before the fines come in

  4. Like a 25 year old guy asking for special permission to attend driver’s ed with teens after 4 wreckless driving tickets.

    How about you just stop getting faded and running from the cops. Choad.

  5. Maybe Nick should go back to high school and discover how to become a responsible and mature young adult.

  6. Fairley will change his ways, not because he wants to, but because he was told to. I’m sure the Lions have already had their talk with Nick, to let him know what will happen if more negative issues arise. I have a feeling we won’t be seeing Nick’s name in the headlines for a while, If he wants to remain a Lion that is.

  7. Nobody would care if the Lions were 4-12 last year.

    it happens with every team in the NFL.

    you wouldn’t be posting at all on these articles if the Lions still sucked.

    We have potential to be a great team.

  8. Its a great move on his part….

    HOWEVER… after reading the statement he “wrote” after the DUI and seeing that it was CLEARLY written by the Lions PR staff I think the credit for this idea clearly has to go the PR staff again who all deserve a big raise with the juggling act they are performing with all the headaches the Lions youngins are giving their orgainzation.

    This team is on the brink of getting back to the playoffs for the first time since 1999. These young guys need a Veteran (cough Megatron cough) to jump down their throats and make it VERY clear what they are trying to accomplish. I wish them well… I’m afraid their young studs just dont get it.

  9. Something tells me he is being made to say he wants to volunteer for the rookie symposium. His actions from his college career to his day’s as an NFL’er PROVES he’s immature and just doesn’t get it and simply doesn’t fit the persona of someone with retrospection, reflection, and contrition.

  10. It baffles me why the NFL needs to have this. I think it’s more of a failure of the NCAA.

    Marijuanna possession, drinking and driving, partying in clubs, sleeping with random women. These are all things you do in high school, or as underclassmen in college. I thought college was about growing up and maturing. I can point out a bunch of people who did all these things as underclassmen and who are now professional businessmen and put all that behind them.

    My job doesn’t give me lessons on how to act like a mature adult. They reprimand me when/if I don’t. There shouldn’t be a need to.

  11. This is a total PR stunt, likely it was thought up by Lions brass or his agent.

    IF the NFL allows him to speak they will be cheapening the symposium itself…every year whatever Lions/NFL players are in legal trouble are gonna want to go speak there to heal their image. It will become a joke.

  12. This smells of a publicity stunt. It’s good to see that a lot of posters have seen right through this PR spin job.

  13. Every single team has players that get arrested. It’s not just a Lions/Bengals thing, although I know people love to make snap judgements. Actually if you compare the arrest rates of NFL players to that of the general population, you will realize that arrests aren’t a big problem in the NFL. The media just loves to report on negative stories. As for Fairley attending the symposium, good for him.

  14. Criticism when idle and his only actions are negative one’s and criticism when he looks to take positive steps. I couldn’t care less who suggested it [There’s as much proof he did as anybody else for all the nay sayers flipping tgheir man pleasers about with nothing more than bias opinion to back them and their claim] he didn’t have to do it period. PERSONALLY, I’m glad he’s still involved with the sport some how during this time period…Ohio or Alabama? I hate both, but it’s Alabama he tends to find his trouble in. Good for you Nick.

  15. Who cares if it was his idea or not, the guy needs some help. I suppose it is every one of the rookies’ “choice” to be at the symposium in the first place. No matter what, he will get advice about things he clearly doesn’t get himself. To me, the Symposium is a PR stunt to begin with, its not like the NFL has shown any real concern for player’s once they are out of the league.

  16. Fairley needs to realize that he’s not at Auburn anymore. There are no college coaches or school administrators to cover up criminal activities. There are no good ole southern cops to wink wink nod nod at DUIs, fights, rapes, thefts, assaults, etc just because you’re a football player at a major university. Fairley and the other players are professionals now. We hold you accountable for your actions. You’re not in the SEC anymore.

  17. If it was the Lions “idea”, don’t you believe that Fairley’s fellow 2011 draft picks who have been arrested would ask to attend as well?

  18. Nick can’t win this one. In the court of public opinion, it will be a “wait and see” approach against anything he does, until actions match his words.

    But, my guess is that the Lions had little to do with this, otherwise, LeShoure would have been dialing up the league too.

    Though, it would have been a good idea for all the 2011 guys to attend if you ask me.

  19. bchapman2011 says:Jun 28, 2012 12:04 PM

    Fairley just pled not guilty which means he has not taken ownership of his legal troubles. His handlers must have suggested that he do this hoping that he gains leniency from the commisioners office.

    Stupid to say pleading not guilty is not taking ownership of one’s legal troubles.
    It’s a constitutional right an it allows the defense attorney leverage to arrange a plea bargain.

  20. Isn’t the first step in the process admitting you made the mistakes instead of trying to plea bargain out of them?

  21. I guess none of you have had to go to court for similiar offenses. We dont know all tbe details and the reasons why he is pleading not guilty. Tbe police report said he didnt pull over in a timely manner. I.e. he didnt see the lights right away. And we dont kniw the level of hus intoxication. He was wrong for doing it but court isnt a moral battle

  22. Hey mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports

    If you compare arrest rates to inner city Detriot I am sure you are right. If you compare arrest rates to other professionals at their income level, or any middle class suburb, I am sure you are wrong.

  23. whether it be PR, agent, Lions brass… He AGREED to do it and he wants to go. there is a lot to be learned at this event. and if it was a PR move dont you think they would have sent Mikel there too. He is obviously taking a step in the right direction.

    he has the potential to be a part of one of the best defensive lines in the game and can dominate for years to come. I hope he gets it together and can put together a full season for us eventually.

  24. rcali says:Jun 28, 2012 2:09 PM

    Isn’t the first step in the process admitting you made the mistakes instead of trying to plea bargain out of them?

    How naive that sounds. You take true ownership by changing your actions. You plea bargain to minimize the forthcoming penalty.

  25. I’m tired of all this nonsense. Why should the NFL even provide a rookie meeting for these fools. They don’t listen anyway. Of course they would howl and squeal if it were canceled. How hard is it to obey the friggen law? I don’t care who you are or what job you hold. Maybe these fools idiots should man up and live like humans and stop beating their women and smoking the ganja and grow up for Lord’s sake. Na they won’t set em down and tell em this at their little symposium. They say you are great, you are God’s gift to the world.

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