madaslives911 wrote:News Update: Wednesday, 02/28/07 Pac's publicist says he was beaten, robbed
LAS VEGAS - Adam "Pacman" Jones was robbed and beaten without provocation during an early morning strip club brawl that ended in the shooting of three people, the football star's publicist said Tuesday.
Jones didn't haul a trash bag full of singles into a strip club, didn't punch one of the dancers and doesn't know the shooter, publicist and eye witness Cheryl Moss told The Tennessean in the first statement from a member of the crew that accompanied Jones to the club.
Bouncers maced Jones' bodyguard, body slammed his stylist into a cactus and choked the Titans cornerback, she said.
Moss' story varies widely from that of Minxx co-owner Robert Susnar, who says bouncers restrained the player after he hit a stripper and slammed her head into the stage. Susnar, who was not present during the melee, says a member of Jones' entourage later returned and shot a female patron and two bouncers, paralyzing one.
Police interviewed Jones Feb. 19, but have not named him a suspect or person of interest.
"He has made bad decisions in the past," Moss said. "But he's not a criminal."
With his daughter's first birthday just days away and his parents staying with him at Caesar's Palace, Jones didn't come to Vegas looking for trouble, Moss said.
He took his mother shopping, gambled a bit with his stepfather and competed in the finals of the Hip Hop Gaming League, a video game competition, she said. Throughout the weekend, he attended several parties, including the ill-fated fete late Sunday Feb. 18 and early Feb. 19 at Minxx.
Moss laughed at the term "entourage" to describe the seven people that followed Jones to the strip club. They included Moss, stylist Sadia Morrison, a bodyguard, Jones' personal assistant, a model friend and two other women.
"It was not just some around-the-way homeboys," she said.
She acknowledged that many more club customers dropped by Jones' booth to rub shoulders with the NFL star and have a drink, but says they weren't friends of his. Nobody wearing corn rows - the hairstyle police say the shooter wore - sat at their booth by the DJ stand, she said.
As for the plastic trash bag, Moss said the club ran out of singles so Jones went to get change from a stripper. Pacman got the plastic bag from the stripper who gave him change, Moss said.
Music producer Jermaine Dupri arranged for 40 strippers to gather on stage so the patrons like Jones and rapper Nelly could shower them with dollar bills in a practice termed "making it rain."
When there is more than one dancer on stage, protocol says management collects the money and divvies it up evenly between the dancers, Moss said.
One woman scooped up some cash, and a fight broke out that pitted one stripper against three others. Morrison, Jones' stylist, tried to pull the underdog stripper off stage to protect her and was drawn into the fracas.
During the distraction, Houston-based promoter and party organizer Chris Mitchell tried to snatch Jones' bag of money, but ran into the 5' 10" football player's considerably larger bodyguard who wouldn't let him have it, Moss said.
Spying the struggle, a club bouncer rushed in and maced the bodyguard. Bouncer and shooting victim Aaron Cudworth put a headlock on Jones, who was still recovering from shoulder surgery, until his eyes rolled back in his head, she said.
From there Moss said the fighting spun out of control with more bouncers joining the fray and roughing up Jones' friends and other patrons - anyone within "swinging distance."
Club staff say Morrison hit Cudworth on the head with a bottle of Dom Perignon. Moss disputed that claim. Instead, she said, Morrison was beaten repeatedly at the hands of club security. Several in her party faced racial slurs from staff, Moss said.
Morrison has been charged with battery with a deadly weapon, Moss said.
Club bouncers "were completely out of line," said Moss, who added Jones and Morrison were bleeding. "I was there. He was victimized. They kicked Pac's (rear end)."
There were too few security guards to monitor the wall to wall crowd in the club, and Minxx staff should have turned off the music and turned on the lights as soon as the fight broke out so they could identify the culprits, Moss said.
An eye witness who asked not to be named for fear of his safety said security did begin clearing out patrons with the lights on and music off once the fight broke out.
Moss said Jones and his seven friends were split up during the commotion. While she talked inside with a manager, Jones and his bodyguard waited for a taxi outside, she said.
Jones heard the shots that injured three people and left Tom Urbanski paralyzed from the waist down as the cab pulled away, according to Moss' story.
"It really bothers him that the guy got paralyzed," Moss said. "It really disturbs him. He's beside himself about this."
This case is really getting to be an entertaining one.
One of the major things that tips me off that its BS is its from Jones' PUBLICIST. a person whose job is to make him look good for the public.
'Pacman' Faces Obstruction Charges The Associated Press March 01. 2007 6:00AM
Tennessee cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones is scheduled to appear in court in Georgia later this month on obstruction charges from an incident with police last year, The Tennessean reported Wednesday night.
Jones, who has been staying with family and friends near his hometown of Atlanta, was recently accused of being involved in a fight at a Las Vegas strip club that ended in the shootings of two bouncers and a customer. Police have not named any suspects in the case and no one has been charged.
Now Jones is scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Fayetteville, Ga., on subpoenas for felony and misdemeanor obstruction of justice charges for an incident outside a home in February 2006, The Tennessean reported on its Web site Wednesday night. Jones owns a home in Fayetteville.
"One of our officers was involved in a traffic stop with him, and after Pacman and others ran into a home, there was a physical altercation between him and the officer, and he was involved in that. He was arrested for that," Police Chief Steve Heaton told the newspaper.
It wasn't immediately known why the charges weren't filed earlier.
The Tennessean also reported that Jones was arrested and charged with marijuana possession in the same county a month later, but the charges were later dismissed.
Worrick Robinson, one of Jones' attorneys, declined comment to the newspaper Wednesday night. Phone messages left late Wednesday night at the offices of Robinson and Atlanta attorney Manny Arora weren't immediately returned.
Mike Pruitt of the Georgia county's Drug Task Force said marijuana was found in two rooms of a home belonging to Jones by officers executing a search warrant. When Jones drove up to the home, Pruitt said he smelled marijuana coming from Jones' car.
"I asked him why his (Corvette) smelled so bad and he said, `We were smoking it on the way down here from Nashville,'" Pruitt told the newspaper. "Personally, I think the NFL needs to change its drug policy because (players) basically know they are going to get drug tested.
"I asked him, `Why do you want to throw your career away for a bunch of marijuana junk?' He said, `I know when I am going to get drug tested, so I quit doing it.' It's just crazy."
Pruitt said he did not know the marijuana charges were dismissed.
The alleged obstruction occurred one night in February when Jones and friends were sitting in a car outside a house around 1 a.m., Heaton said. Police had been monitoring the area for burglaries and when they approached the car there was a verbal confrontation. Jones wasn't suspected of being involved in any burglaries.
"The verbal altercation led to a physical confrontation and they ran into a home they were sitting outside of. We had to run in and get them and there was a physical confrontation with Pacman and he was charged with the felony obstruction," Heaton said. "We had to get physical with him and he got physical with us."
Including the most recently reported Georgia incidents, there have been 10 times Jones has been in trouble and the police have been involved. He has been arrested four times. Charges from a Nashville nightclub incident in July 2005 were dismissed in March 2006. A judge dismissed a simple assault charge for spitting on a woman on Feb. 1.
The Titans have said they are monitoring Jones' legal troubles, but have refused to comment on any of the allegations.
Las Vegas police are expected to recommend Pacman Jones be charged with felony coercion, misdemeanor battery, and misdemeanor threat to life stemming from a triple shooting that took place February 19.
After viewing extensive video of the melee, police determined that Jones was an unarmed "inciter." Pacman's bodyguard and female friend will also face charges of felony coercion. The owners of the club where the shooting took place maintain that Jones knew the shooter.
By BARRY WILNER<, AP Football Writer March 27, 2007
PHOENIX (AP) -- Adam "Pacman" Jones will meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on April 3 to discuss the Tennessee Titans cornerback's run-ins with the law.
A person within the league familiar with Jones' situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday that a hearing will occur next Tuesday. That person requested anonymity because the hearing has not been announced.
Goodell is unlikely to make any decision on a suspension or fine at that time, because the commissioner's new, stricter player conduct policy has not been completed.
The hearing was first reported by the NFL Network.
Titans coach Jeff Fisher said Tuesday he has not spoken with Jones since just after Las Vegas incident Vegas "when we helped facilitate the first meeting with police."
"He's very disappointed with what's happened," Fisher said. "He thinks he let the city, the fans and his teammates and the organization down."
On Monday, Las Vegas police recommended prosecutors file a felony charge of coercion and misdemeanor charges of battery and threat against Jones, stemming from a Feb. 19 strip club fight and shooting.
Jones has talked to police in 10 separate incidents since being drafted in April 2005 and has been arrested five times.
Fisher, for one, fully supports a stricter NFL conduct policy.
"Our organization is very much in favor of the commissioner's involvement," he said. "We're very much in tune with him. He has a plan and is determined, as are all of us, to minimize, if not eliminate this."
While Jones awaits possible charges in the Las Vegas case, a Tennessee prosecutor said Tuesday he will revive a criminal case against Jones if the Titans cornerback is charged in Nevada.
In January, Jones struck a deal with Rutherford County prosecutors on misdemeanor charges of public intoxication and disorderly conduct. He was given a chance to avoid jail and have the counts expunged from his record if he stayed out of trouble until July 5.
"In the event we determine he hasn't ..., we would file a motion and ask that the case be reinstated to the court docket," District Attorney General William Whitesell told the AP.
Whitesell said he has followed that investigation through the media.
"It's always frustrating in situations where we have an opportunity to get cases off our docket and give a chance to work things out. It's not unique to him. It's frustrating," Whitesell said.
The attorney who represented Jones in that case didn't immediately return calls seeking comment. One of the attorneys representing Jones in the Las Vegas case had no comment Tuesday afternoon.
Jones also has charges pending from a February 2006 Georgia case.
Fisher expressed his disappointment that Jones' troubles have stolen the spotlight from the Titans' turnaround on the field.
"With the off-field things, it's been a challenge," he said. "From the standpoint of when it's the first thing discussed in the morning and the last in the evening, it is (draining). It's taken the limelight, and it's been difficult. As much as we want to talk about it, it's difficult to get info. To voice the organization's true feelings on the matter, we need to get all the information."
Goodell said Monday that discipline will be stepped up under the new player conduct policy, and he hoped to have it in place next month. He's considering making disciplinary decisions before the April 28-29 draft.
Teams, as well as individual players, could be subjected to punishment or sanctions.
"It's a complicated issue, and there are no simple answers," Goodell said. "We're going to hold the clubs more accountable. If the clubs are providing the right resources that have a positive impact on personal conduct, we will take that into account."
AP Sports Writer Teresa M. Walker in Nashville contributed to this story.
Updated on Tuesday, Mar 27, 2007 5:10 pm EDT
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