The suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Pacman Jones pleaded no contest yesterday to a reduced charge in a Las Vegas strip club melee. The melee preceded a triple shooting that left a man paralyzed.
Jones appeared in Clark County District Court in Nevada to take a plea deal that officials said will get him probation in return for his testimony about the gunman who opened fire outside the club at the end of the NBA All-Star weekend in February.
Jones, 24, will be sentenced to one year of probation for agreeing not to contest a charge of conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct, a gross misdemeanor, and to testify about the gunman. Prosecutors dropped two charges of coercion, a felony carrying a possible sentence of one to six years in prison.
No one has been charged in shooting, and the Las Vegas police have not linked Jones to the gunfire. The police have called Jones the instigator of the melee that broke out inside the club. Under the plea deal, Jones must attend an anger management program, complete 200 hours of community service within a year and submit to random drug testing.
Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Jones for the 2007 season for violating the league’s personal-conduct policy.