LAS VEGAS -- Suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones is prepared to take a plea deal that will get him
probation in a Las Vegas strip club triple shooting in an attempt
to salvage his career.
Under the written plea agreement obtained by The Associated
Press, Jones intends to plead no contest to one charge of
conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct, a gross misdemeanor, in
return for a promise to suspend a sentence of one year in county
Las Vegas police identified Jones as the person who incited a
Feb. 19 fight inside the Minxx Gentlemen's Club minutes before
three people were shot outside.
Jones' Atlanta-based attorney Manny Arora said Tuesday the
defense team believes Jones would have won a trial on two felony
counts of coercion for inciting a fight inside the club. But a
trial wouldn't have happened for six months or even a year.
"And he may have lost another year of eligibility by going
forward. In the real world, sometimes you have to make these
difficult decisions for what's best for your career, and we didn't
want this dragging on any further," Arora said.
Even so, the deal won't help 24-year-old Jones get back into the
NFL this season.
Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Jones for the season in
April for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Off to a
6-3 start, the Titans haven't missed Jones and said last week the
team would address Jones' future when he's reinstated.
Goodell and Jones met Nov. 2 to discuss the suspension, but
Goodell chose not to shorten Jones' punishment.
The Las Vegas shooting case was a factor in that decision, and
the NFL Players Association is asking Goodell to reconsider. Arora
said he hopes the NFL recognizes this plea says Jones "didn't even
commit any disorderly conduct in the club."
"Our biggest emphasis was to clear him of any involvement in
the shooting whatsoever," Arora said.
The NFL declined to comment Tuesday.
Clark County prosecutor Victoria Villegas confirmed they had an
agreement but declined to talk about negotiations until the deal is
filed with the court.
Under the deal, Jones will plead to the gross misdemeanor in exchange
for a suspended one-year jail sentence. He also must attend an
anger management program, complete 200 hours of community service
within a year and submit to random drug testing. Jones already is
subject to the NFL's drug testing program.
Jones' attorney, Robert Langford, was scheduled to appear in
court Tuesday to inform Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Tony
Abbatangelo of the plea, but the hearing was rescheduled for
Villegas said the delayed hearing was the result of a scheduling
Jones, who's not expected to attend Thursday's hearing, will be
expected to testify at a later date about what he knows.
Police still haven't identified a suspect in the shooting, which
wounded three people and left bar employee Tommy Urbanski paralyzed
from the waist down.
Langford would not say if Jones could identify the gunman and
said he could not comment because of the ongoing police
"He has agreed to testify in whatever hearings come up
regarding the shooter," Langford said.
But Langford said Jones did not know the identity of a man whose
photo was released by police in June. The photo was obtained from
surveillance cameras, and police want to question the man, who they
think lives on the East Coast.
News of Jones' plea deal surprised Urbanski's wife, Kathy, as
she prepared for work Tuesday. She said she wants to see who Jones
implicates in the shooting and promised she would be furious if he
"Our lives are thrown into upheaval because of this, and the
fact people don't want to take accountability for their actions is
very, very frustrating," she said.
Two of Jones' co-defendants also plan to agree to plea deals,
Robert "Big Bob" Reid, 37, of Carson, Calif., is expected to
plead no contest to conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct and
face a suspended jail sentence. Sadia Morrison, 25, of New York,
will plead no contest to a felony battery charge in return for
dropping other felony charges.
Urbanski, co-worker and bouncer Aaron Cudworth and club patron
Natalie Jones each have filed civil lawsuits seeking damages from
Jones after being wounded in the shooting.
Urbanski's lawsuit also seeks damages from the NFL, the Titans
and the owners of Harlem Knights, a Houston strip club that hosted
events at the Minxx club during the NBA's All-Star weekend.
"I'm pleased to see he's accepting responsibility for his
conduct on the date in question," said Richard Schonfeld, lawyer
for Cudworth. "We're looking forward to proceeding expeditiously
with the civil litigation."
Arora said he thinks this deal will help Jones with the civil
Arrested six times since the Titans drafted him in April 2005
from West Virginia, Jones has other criminal cases pending. A
felony count of obstruction in Georgia from a February 2006 arrest
has been postponed, and public intoxication and disorderly charges
in Tennessee from August 2006 were delayed until January pending an
outcome in the Las Vegas case.