Pacman faces felony charges in shooting that paralyzed man
LAS VEGAS -- Suspended NFL player Adam "Pacman" Jones will surrender to authorities in Nevada and fight felony charges in a strip club melee that preceded a triple shooting, his lawyers said Thursday.
Lawyers Manny Arora of Atlanta and Robert Langford of Las Vegas said they had no information about a noon Friday deadline set by police.
Arora said he was working with Clark County District Attorney David Roger's office on arrangements for Jones to surrender Friday or Monday in Las Vegas. Roger declined comment and said police were handling the negotiations.
Las Vegas police Capt. James Dillon confirmed that authorities gave Jones, Sadia Morrison and Robert Reid until midday Friday to turn themselves in or face arrest in the melee at the Minxx strip club that took place during the NBA All-Star Game weekend.
Police have described Reid as Jones' bodyguard, and Morrison as a member of an entourage of about six people who arrived with Jones before the pre-dawn Feb. 19 fracas at the club, several blocks off the Las Vegas Strip.
The charges in Las Vegas have cast more doubt on Jones' playing status with the Tennessee Titans. Since he was drafted in April 2005, he has been arrested five times -- although he has not been convicted of any crimes. Jones has been involved in at least 11 separate police investigations, authorities say, and is currently sought by Atlanta-area police for questioning in a shooting early Monday after a fight at a strip club there.
The NFL and Titans owner K.S. "Bud" Adams Jr. issued terse statements declining comment about Jones until he serves at least 10 weeks of his season-long suspension.
Jones, 23, of Franklin, Tenn., faces two counts of felony coercion stemming from allegations he threatened to kill Minxx club employees and that he bit a bar bouncer.
Coercion is the act of threatening or physically interfering with a person trying to do something that he or she has a right and responsibility to do. If convicted, Jones faces a maximum of 12 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
"We're looking forward to vigorously defending against the charges," Langford told The Associated Press in a brief interview.
Clayton: Bad odds for return
Like his nickname, Titans cornerback Pacman Jones is watching his NFL career rapidly being gobbled up before his eyes.
To be able to play at all in 2007, Jones would have to clear up this case along with another case in Georgia before November.
What has to be remembered about Commissioner Roger Goodell's initial ruling is that Jones was given no assurance he would be allowed back into the league in 2008. It's becoming more and more likely that Jones is going to have a difficult time being cleared of his legal troubles by November.
Jones' most recent incident over the weekend illustrated the Titans cornerback isn't taking his situation seriously. Whether he was guilty or innocent of any crime, Jones was out with friends at around 4 a.m. and has knowledge of his friends having some involvement in a shooting incident outside of a strip club.
One of Jones' conditions to get back into the league was promising to not be out past midnight. He's violated that provision at least twice. Earlier this spring, he was driving without a license at 12:45 in the morning.
Some have criticized Goodell for giving Jones one of the league's longest suspensions when he had never been convicted of a crime. Obviously, Goodell anticipated Jones would have some difficulty in the cases in Georgia and Las Vegas.
Maybe it's fitting that Vegas is the first place in which he's received a formal criminal charge. In a town in which betting is legal, the odds of Jones ever playing in the NFL again are not very good.
-- John Clayton, ESPN.com senior writer
Arora accused police of unfairly leaking information about Jones because of the player's' celebrity. He said investigative reports were released before charges were filed and before arrest warrants were issued.
"Police keep saying they want to treat him like everyone else," Arora said.
"It's infuriating. He isn't being treated like everyone else," Arora said, adding that he and Langford "will do whatever we have to do to protect Adam."
Langford also represents Reid, 37, of Carson, Calif., who faces one felony coercion charge alleging he attacked a bouncer who tried to restrain Jones, and Morrison, 25, of New York.
Morrison faces five charges including coercion, felony assault with a deadly weapon and battery stemming from allegations that she hit a bouncer in the head with a bottle and attacked other club employees with a chair and a stanchion.
No one is named as the shooter, which left a club employee paralyzed and a bouncer and female patron with less serious wounds. But police allege that Jones instigated the fracas inside the club by attacking a dancer who tried to pick up cash Jones showered on stage from a black plastic trash bag.
Jones is accused of threatening the life of club employees, punching a man who police identify as his own business manager, and walking away from the club with a man wearing a baggy black T-shirt and blue jeans.
Minutes later, police say a similarly dressed man standing next to a palm tree fired five or six shots toward people at the front of the club.
Police have released an image of a person who Dillon said police wanted to identify and talk with as a "person of interest" in the shooting."
Dillon said Las Vegas police also wanted to question Jones in an altercation reported at another area strip club several days before the Minxx shooting. That incident is not cited in court records, and Dillon did not immediately provide details.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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