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Coach on Fairley: Should have seen trouble coming

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08:11 AM ET 06.18 | On Father's Day at at Michigan International Speedway, Lions defensive coordinator Gunther Cunningham had some thoughts about taking care of younger athletes. Cunningham chatted with reporters during the two-hour rain delay before the Quicken Loans 400 and seemed determined to give plenty of fatherly advice to a couple of Lions -- Nick Fairley and Mikel Leshoure, who have been in trouble with the law in the off-season. ... [Fairley's] legal issues have not been resolved. "The disappointment that I have is that I bogged myself down in so much paperwork that I didn't see that coming," Cunningham said of Fairley's troubles. "And I should have seen it. With my experience, I should have understood."

Detroit Free Press

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June 18, 2012  08:21 AM ET

Should have seen it before they drafted him... Everyone else did.

June 18, 2012  08:47 AM ET

You can only lead them to the Water Cooler!

June 18, 2012  08:51 AM ET

You can't fix stupid, Coach.

June 18, 2012  08:54 AM ET

He just moved in with Jamarcus Russell

June 18, 2012  09:02 AM ET

Sounds like old Gunther needs an administrative assistant to help him with his paperwork.

June 18, 2012  09:04 AM ET

Something tells me Nick Fairley doesn't listen to anyone coach. He probably rfers to himself in the third person too.

June 18, 2012  09:04 AM ET

refers...corrected.

June 18, 2012  09:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Something tells me Nick Fairley doesn't listen to anyone coach. He probably rfers to himself in the third person too.

Stuart wonders why you have to criticize people who refer to themselves in the third person. Stuart think it's a sign of good character.

June 18, 2012  09:29 AM ET
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Stuart wonders why you have to criticize people who refer to themselves in the third person. Stuart think it's a sign of good character.

Because Nick Fairley is no Ricky Henderson or Stuart MacDougal.

June 18, 2012  09:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Should have seen it before they drafted him... Everyone else did.

It was fairly evident.

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June 18, 2012  10:05 AM ET

Some of the players going to the NFL today come from broken families. With so many single mothers out there these kids have no role model. Good athletics float through high school with little teaching and if you are good enough the big name colleges come calling. Things are over look if you have the speed and toughness to play on Sunday. The only father figure some of them ever had were their coaches . Some have listen others have not and the ones that have not here comes trouble.

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June 18, 2012  10:44 AM ET
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Enough with the excuses, this isn't the Dr. Phil show... we all were taught right from wrong at a very early age... Kid was just stupid and immature, plain and simple... if he hasn't learn anything as of yet which I hope he has he probably never will....

Its not an excuse...its a fact. It may seem easy to change ur life once u get some money & fame but it really just makes it much harder to do bc there is no incentive to change. I know thats hard for some ppl to understand bc its not something u can relate to. *shrugs* It is what it is..

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June 18, 2012  10:53 AM ET

Can't be critical of Detroit for drafting him, eventually someone would have taken a chance. Hope this serves as a "Wake Up" call that he learns from.

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June 18, 2012  11:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

You can't fix stupid, Coach.

But high quality duct tape can really muffle the sound................

June 18, 2012  11:26 AM ET

Let's see, play and make all these millions, or act the fool? Hmmm

 
June 18, 2012  11:29 AM ET
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You can only lead them to the Water Cooler!

Now that Pacman has been selected to particpate in a panel disscussion at the NFL's Rookie symposium next week, we should not see any of this behavior in the future.........why not let Charles Manson set in and give advice on how to love thy neighbor..........what are these people thinking???????

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