Suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones so far has done some legal maneuvering that would make O.J. Simpson proud. As of this writing, he has avoided jail time, but the legal fiasco for Jones continues. He still has to deal with the triple shooting outside a Las Vegas (NV) strip club, which paralyzed a strip club bouncer and helped derail Jones’ pro football career. According to Kathleen Hennessey of the Associated Press, Jones pled no contest to a disorderly conduct charge; as part of that plea deal, Jones agreed to one year of probation, random drug testing, 200 hours of community service and attend anger management classes.
Then there are the lawsuits and perhaps some more testimony. Another condition of the plea deal which was accepted by Jones on Thursday, he also agreed to tell about his role in the strip club melee and shooting that followed it – assuming local police find the gunman who fired the shots in the club at the end of NBA All-Star Weekend back in February. Prosecutors, as part of the plea deal, agreed to drop 2 charges of coercion, a felony which carries a penalty of 1-to-6 years in prison. Clark County (NV) prosecutor Victoria Villegas has previously stated that authorities hope that Jones can help identify the gunman; Jones’ defense attorney, Robert Langford, has declined so far to say if Jones knew the shooter’s identity.
As of this writing, no one, including Jones, has been charged with the shooting; local police have named Jones as the “instigator” of the fight inside the club after Jones showered dancers inside the club with dollar bills from a plastic trash bag – also known as “making it rain”. Witnesses at the scene claimed that Jones and members of his entourage had threatened people while they were being ejected from the club. In addition, Jones allegedly spoke to the gunman outside of the club prior to the shooting.
And there’s more; 3 people who were wounded – one is paralyzed from the waist down – have each filed civil lawsuits against Jones, seeking damages. The lawsuit from the paralyzed party, club bouncer Tommy Urbanski, is also seeking damages from the NFL, the Tennessee Titans and the owner of Harlem Knights, a Houston (TX) strip club that hosted events at the Minxx club, the location of the shooting. Let’s address the plea deal given to Jones. I am guessing that plea deals of this magnitude are commonplace, depending on the jurisdiction of record. Also – Jones, because he spoke to the gunman prior to the shooting in the club, in my humble opinion, at the very least knew the man’s name. If Jones didn’t know his name, that would seem to compromise the plea deal that Jones accepted.
Now there’s the civil lawsuits filed against Jones and others. This is similar to the O.J. Simpson civil trial as the rules of the game change drastically, especially regarding burden of proof and other legalities involved. I know I am missing specifics in this analysis; if there is someone with legal expertise who can break this down, do not hesitate to reply here. But at the end of the day, Jones is in deep. Bad life choices by Jones in his attempt to “keep it real”, capped by his involvement in this shooting, do not bode well for him at this point.