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Judge: Strip club incident violated Jackson's probation


ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. -- Golden State Warriors guard
Stephen Jackson violated his probation in Michigan when Indiana
prosecutors charged him with firing a gun outside a strip club, a
judge ruled Friday.

Jackson was serving probation after pleading no contest to
misdemeanor assault and battery charges in September 2005 for his
role in a 2004 brawl between Indiana Pacers players and fans at The
Palace of Auburn Hills. He is charged in Indiana with criminal
recklessness -- a felony -- and misdemeanor counts of battery and
disorderly conduct.

Jackson, who was traded to Golden State earlier this month,
faces up to 30 days in jail on the probation violation. But his
lawyer, James Burdick, and assistant Oakland County prosecutor Paul
Walton said District Court Judge Julie Nicholson likely will make a
sentencing determination based on the outcome of the Indiana case.

They said Nicholson could order Jackson to perform community
service rather than spend time in a Michigan jail.

Nicholson ordered Jackson to pay $10,000 in restitution to fan
William Paulson. Jackson is accused of striking Paulson during the
brawl.

After the hearing, Jackson said his court cases have not been a
distraction to his play. Jackson and the Warriors host Charlotte
Saturday night.

"Glad to be done here," Jackson said.

Asked whether Jackson could face punishment from the NBA for the
probation violation, spokesman Brian McIntyre said Friday the
league was monitoring the situation.

Police said Jackson fired a gun in the air at least five times
during an Oct. 6 fight outside an Indianapolis strip club. Jackson
originally told police that he fired the gun in self-defense, but
Marion County (Ind.) Prosecutor Carl Brizzi said Jackson retrieved
his gun from his car and fired it before he was struck and injured
by another car.

He could go to trial in February.

Jackson was one of several Pacers who went into the stands and
fought with Detroit fans during one of the worst brawls in U.S.
sports history. Jackson was suspended 30 games and sentenced to a
year of probation, community service and a fine.