Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Publicist says Jones was victim in club brawl
ESPN.com news services
A publicist for Adam "Pacman" Jones disputes the court filings which blame Jones, in part, for helping spark a melee and a triple shooting at a Las Vegas strip club two weeks ago.
Cheryl Moss, Jones' publicist, told The Tennessean of Nashville that Jones didn't take a trash bag of dollar bills into the club, didn't punch a dancer and doesn't know the shooter. She also blamed bouncers in the club, Minxx, of macing a member of Jones' group, body slamming his stylist and choking Jones.
Jones has been interviewed in the case, but police have not listed him as a suspect or person of interest.
"He has made bad decisions in the past," Moss told The Tennessean. "But he's not a criminal."
Moss said that Jones got the plastic bag of dollar bills from a stripper after the club ran out of single dollar bills. She said that a music producer, Jermaine Dupri, had arranged for 40 strippers to be on stage, and for patrons such as Jones and rapper Nelly to shower them with dollar bills.
Moss then said that protocol calls for club management to scoop up money when more than one dancer is on stage at a time, dividing it among the dancers. One of the dancers, she said, grabbed some money, causing a fight between that dancer and three others. Jones' stylist, Sadia Morrison, tried to pull a stripper from the fight, according to Moss.
During that time, Chris Mitchell, a party organizer, tried to grab the bag of dollar bills, according to Moss. Mitchell ran into Jones' bodyguard, starting a struggle which ended in the bodyguard being maced by a club bouncer. Jones was put in a headlock by Aaron Cudworth, who was later shot.
Mitchell, according to the police warrant, "admits that he took the money in the bag belonging to Jones because he thought it was for the dancers."
Moss then said the fight got out of control, with bouncers and patrons swinging wildly. She termed the club bouncers "completely out of line" and said: "I was there. He was victimized. They kicked Pac's [rear end]," according to The Tennessean.
The police warrant says the fight got out of control after Mitchell left the club. "Jones became irate about the loss of his money, and the fact that girls were in a frenzy, picking up the money at their feet," the warrant says.
The warrant also says that a woman identified as a member of Jones' group fought with one of the strippers and security tried to break up the fight. Jones told the guards to back off and reached behind his back "as if he were retrieving a weapon there."
Jones' entourage was moved outside, but the women continued to fight, according to the warrant.
Moss told the Tennessean that Jones and his seven friends were split up during the commotion. Jones and his bodyguard waited for a taxi outside while she talked to a manager, Moss said.
"It really bothers him that the guy got paralyzed," Moss said. "It really disturbs him. He's beside himself about this."