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Micah Parsons addresses questions about character leading into draft

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Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons put up great numbers at Pro Day on Thursday, showing why he’s a projected high first-round draft pick. But there have been questions surfacing in recent weeks about character concerns with Parsons, causing his stock to drop a bit, and he was asked about that during a Zoom call.

This is Parsons’ full response:

“LaVar (Arrington) did vouch for my character. Obviously, people have concerns about things that came up. But at the end of the day, I believe that I was a kid, I was 17, 18. We all made mistakes when we were 17, 18. I’m not gonna let it control and dictate the person I am now. I’m not gonna let something that was three or four years from now dictate who I’m becoming and the father I want to be.

“Everyone’s gonna learn and grow. I’m pretty sure none of you are making the same mistakes when ya’ll were 17 or 18 or even 25. If someone’s gonna judge me over that, then I’d rather not be in their program. I know the type of person I’m becoming, I know the type of father I’m becoming, and that’s all that matters to me.

“So, anybody who’s willing to accept my wrongs when I was wrong and accept my rights when I’m right, I’m ready to go in and give them my all. But if it’s gonna come down to something I did in high school or something that I wish I could change, I can only control what I can control and what I do forward, so that’s how I feel about it.”

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