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, reports The Associated Press. Lawyers for the Tennessee Titans cornerback disclosed their client’s plans Thursday. Attorneys Manny Arora and Robert Langford, however, said they had no information about a deadline of noon Friday set by police.
Arora said he was working with Clark County District Attorney David Roger’s office on arrangements for Jones to surrender on either Friday or Monday in Las Vegas. Roger declined comment and said police were handling 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.
The charges in Las Vegas have cast even more doubt on Jones’ playing status with the 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. Arora accused police of leaking information about Jones because he is a 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.”
Jones is accused of threatening the life of club employees, punching a man whom 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. Dillon said Las Vegas police also wanted to question Jones in a fight reported at another area strip club several days before the Minxx shooting. That fight is not cited in court records, and Dillon did not immediately provide details.