Bengals CB Adam “Pacman” Jones has been arrested again. This time he was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest while at a bar in Cincinnati. This adds to the laundry list of things that he’s done in his career. Just when you thought he was turning it around, this happens. But on a more broad issue, I believe the media has some explaining to do as well.
For years, the media has been selective about who they publicly put out there in regards to their issues or brushes with the law. And to me, that’s sad. With all the news about Pacman, most have forgotten about the DUI that Pittsburgh Steelers WR Hines Ward got this weekend in Georgia. Ward’s DUI was worse than Pacman’s incident, in my opinion. But because Ward has no prior run-ins and is generally liked by the media , they are more prone to forget about his transgression and push it to the backburner.
It’s a sad reality but the media does pick and choose who to fry publicly and who to save based on prior issues and how that person relates to the media. What the reality should be is that when someone does something, whether its their first time or not, they should receive the same amount of scrutiny that the next man does if the media is going to scrutinize anyone. Both issues with Pacman and Ward were incidents that should have gotten the same amount of attention if any attention was given in my opinion.
The media going forward should look at these instances and take the fame or the likability out of public blunders. Judge the incident for what its worth, not the person who did it.