“Why would I not keep talking to the youth and help the youth out like I did last year because of somebody else acting up?” he told the newspaper Tuesday. “I guess right now I’m getting accused of doing something wrong. The video speaks a thousand words and that’ll take care of itself, but I don’t see any reason why I should be shying away from any conversations or anything that matters to me and my youth.”
The Cincinnati Bengals cornerback said he is a good father and husband and is “not out getting drunk, harassing people and being a [jerk] to people.”
Jones, 29, will be one of the guest speakers at the NFL’s Rookie Symposium on June 23-29 in Aurora, Ohio. He also spoke at last year’s event for first-year players.
He told USA Today that his inability to escape his past will be an important topic.