Pacman Jones opens up about being bipolar
Pacman Jones opened up about his mental health condition during the most recent episode of “All the Smoke.”
Jones, who retired from the NFL after the 2018 season, joined Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson via video conference for an interview on their Showtime program. He said during the interview that he is bipolar but did not want to share that previously so it wouldn’t interfere with anything else. Jones added that he refused to take medicine for his issues while he was playing because he did not want it to affect his play.
“I’m bipolar but I’ve never told nobody anything about my bipolar because I didn’t want it to interfere with nothing else,” he said.
“When I was playing football, I didn’t want to take no medicine because I didn’t want it to take away from my passion for what I was doing. They were like, ‘Damn, well we can’t help you. He don’t want to take the medicine.’ Hell no I ain’t taking no medicine when I’m playing at the top level and I ain’t ever took this. How the hell you gonna tell me to take something when I’m playing at the top level that I’ve ever played at,” said Jones.
Jones also opened up about his father being shot and killed in front of him and said multiple family members were killed before they were 25.
The 36-year-old was a two-time Pro Bowler as a cornerback but had numerous legal issues during his career. He was suspended the entire 2007 season and part of 2008 for a strip club shooting he incited. He was even arrested at a casino as recently as 2019 but has been out of the news otherwise.
— Nicki Jhabvala (@NickiJhabvala) April 12, 2020