Judge: Strip club incident violated Jackson's probation
On Friday at the same hearing in Rochester Hills, Mich., where Jackson was ruled to have violated his probation, District Court Judge Julie Nicholson released brawl participant Ron Artest from probation. Artest, now with the Sacramento Kings, bolted into the stands after he was hit by a cup thrown by a fan, and followed by Jackson, in one of the worst brawls in U.S. sports history.
Indiana forward Jermaine O'Neal will be released from probation after he pays $1,686.50 in restitution to Charlie Haddad. Authorities say O'Neal struck Haddad -- a Pistons fan on the court -- as Haddad struggled to get up from the floor.
Artest and O'Neal were not in court Friday.
--The Associated Press
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.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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