Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Woman accuses Pacman of punching woman in club
ESPN.com news services
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A woman is seeking an arrest warrant
against suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones, claiming he punched her at an Atlanta strip club.
Fulton County Magistrate Court officials told The Associated
Press on Tuesday that Wanda S. Jackson asked for the warrant after
a Jan. 3 altercation at the Body Tap Strip Club.
Jackson, an attorney, says in her filing that she was in the
club's office when an angry Jones accused managers of stealing his
money and bracelet.
"I was sitting in the office and he lunged at me numerous times
in an effort to do grave bodily harm," Jackson wrote in the
warrant application filed Jan. 7. "Veronica Jones, an owner, went
into the hall to deal with a member of his entourage. I followed to
gawk. He was in the hall, surprisingly reached over or around a
security guard and sucker punched me in my left eye."
Jackson told police the next day she was at the club because she
was handling a divorce case that involved Adam Jones. No one could
be reached Tuesday afternoon at the club's listed phone number.
"Mr. Jones, according to Ms. Jackson, was at the Body Tap Club
and she and Mr. Jones got into an argument at the club and Mr.
Jones struck Ms. Jackson in the left eye, causing a bruise around
her left eye," according to the police report.
Jackson did not immediately return a phone message requesting
comment. Jones' attorney Manny Arora said no warrant has been
issued against his client.
Norris Arnold, a court support manager for Fulton County, said a
magistrate judge will review Jackson's application on Feb. 8 to
determine whether the warrant will be filed.
Last month, Jones pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct
charge related to a strip club shooting in Las Vegas that left club
manager Tommy Urbanski paralyzed.
Also Tuesday night, the NFL filed a motion in Nevada to be
dismissed from a lawsuit by Urbanski.
A judge already dismissed the Titans from the suit last
Wednesday, saying the team couldn't be responsible for Jones'
actions at the Minxx Gentleman's Club last Feb. 19.
The lawsuit filed Oct. 19 sought unspecified damages from Jones,
the NFL, the Titans and the owners of Harlem Knights, a Houston
strip club that rented the Las Vegas club for the party the night
of the shooting, during NBA All-Star weekend.
A hearing for the NFL's motion is scheduled for Feb. 20 in Clark
County District Court.
Clark County District Attorney David Roger said the new
accusations could affect his criminal case against Jones. With his
plea, Jones agreed to a year probation, random drug testing,
community service and anger management classes.
"We have negotiated with Mr. Jones in exchange for his
assistance in an attempted murder case. This doesn't help his case
if he is found guilty," Roger told The Associated Press on
Jones has been arrested six times since being drafted sixth
overall in 2005, including two arrests in Georgia in 2006 that the
Titans did not learn about until 2007. Jones was suspended for the
2007 season by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in April.
In April, Jones was suspended by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for the entire 2007 season for his role in inciting the Las Vegas incident.
At the time of his suspension, one of the changes Jones told Goodell he intended to make was to stay out of clubs and to avoid situations in which he might be compromised. Goodell has said that he has apprised Jones that he will ultimately be judged by his actions, not his words.
In mid-December, the NFL rejected an appeal by the
players' union on behalf of Jones to have him reinstated for the final two games of the regular season.
"As we have said throughout his suspension, we will not comment
on Adam Jones until he is reinstated by the commissioner," the
Titans said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.
Jones was allowed to go to the Titans' headquarters once their
season ended with an AFC wild-card loss in San Diego on Jan. 6. But
the NFL plans to review his status following the Pro Bowl.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.