Nick Fairley: 'I'm a great guy'

Thank goodness Nick Fairley cleared things up.

The Detroit Lions defensive tackle, speaking for the first time since his offseason double of arrests (one for marijuana possession and a second for DUI and attempting to elude police) has announced that he is a “great guy.”

Fairley, who hosted a kickball tournament in Dearborn Heights, Mich., today said he is working to make better decisions after his arrests in his hometown of Mobile, Ala. He was busted for pot possession on April 3 and was charged with DUI after he went past a state trooper at 100 mph in May.

I haven’t turned my back on none of my friends,” Fairley , according to Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press. “I’m still friends with everybody that I’ve been friends with.
“Like I said, just surrounding myself with better persons, people that got my best interests at heart: people in the locker, players just picking me up.”

Fairley coached one of the teams in the tournament and maintains he’s still a positive role model for youth.

“Because I’m a great guy,” Fairley said. “Simple as that. I’ve got a lot of nieces and nephews I like to play with,” he said. “Kickball is our thing. That’s what we do when we’re at home when we’ve got family cookouts and things like that. We get together to have fun. I just love kids.”

Fairley needs to straighten his act up off the field and he stands a good chance of getting a timeout from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Fairly also needs to improve on the field in his second season. It’s nice to know he’s involved in the community but we’ll hold off on the “great guy” thing for now.

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