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Keenan McCardell
Wide Receiver

Keenan McCardell

A Pro-Bowl wide receiver who was drafted in 1991 out of UNLV.

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From what I heard, Adam Jones and the bodyguard were just joking around. They got into a heated thing, you know, horseplay, and it escalated. It's just something that happens, you can be joking around and it gets serious. Bottom line though we don't know what went down. I mean if it was horseplay and it got serious then they don't need to do anything, it wasn't like he was trying to pick a fight. And Pacman's been doing a lot to improve.

But from a team standpoint, the Cowboys are more worried about the attention the team's getting than some horseplay. It's enough pressure that people are already questioning whether they can play up to the hype. They don't want any distractions with the media blowing off-field incidents up more than they are. But a good coach will bring his players together.

I remember when I played with R. Jay Soward, in Jacksonville, when he was having some problems off the field. The locker room came together and got a lot closer. It's a family atmosphere, and that's the way it will be and should be for all successful teams. That's probably what they're doing in Dallas. They're a family and they should have his back.

But moving forward, Pacman's got to be more careful. As a player you have to watch what you do, more now than ever. You have to understand your life is under a microscope. Things that normal people do, you can't do. There are more temptations -- you get given things. But like my dad taught me, nothing is given to you for free. You always have to weigh the consequences.

That goes double when you have a big entourage surrounding you at all times. You got to watch who you put around you, but above all you've got to be your own person. If you have an entourage you can't let them control you, you have to be the leader and be able to nip everything in the bud. I'm not saying don't have your friends around, but you have to be able to control the people around you and if you can't, they shouldn't be there.

By Keenan McCardell  |  October 10, 2008; 4:52 PM ET  | Category:  Crime , NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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