Report: Pacman paid ‘extortion’ money

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at 2:42am

Suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones made extortion payments to the suspect charged Friday in the 2007 triple shooting outside the Minxx Gentleman’s Club in Las Vegas, according to a police report obtained by the Associated Press Monday night.

Citing a police report it obtained Monday, the AP said Jones had made payments totaling $15,000 to Arvin Kenti Edwards, who faces an extradition hearing Wednesday in Yakima, Wash., to answer the three attempted murder charges in Las Vegas. Edwards, 29, was arrested Friday, and according to the report, Jones picked him out of a police lineup on that day.

Jones and his representatives have maintained that they had no connection to the shooter.

Edwards is currently in jail in Yakima on an unrelated charge of domestic assault.

The payments were alleged to have been arranged by go-betweens who reached Jones, the AP reported. According to the report, a $3,800 payment was wired to a Seattle woman in late April or May of last year. Another $11,200 was later sent “in my behalf” to Edwards by a friend of Jones’ from Atlanta, according to the report.

“He paid $15,000 to his friends, who advised him that if he didn't pay the money then this guy would come after him,” attorney Robert Langford — who is representing Jones in Las Vegas — told the AP.

Efforts to reach Jones’ attorney Manny Arora were unsuccessful on Monday night. Jones’ Nashville-based attorney Worrick Robinson declined comment to The City Paper on Monday night because the investigation is ongoing.

The report stated that Las Vegas police said Jones met briefly with Edwards after a fight inside the club led to Jones and those with him being booted from the establishment after the melee. Jones was originally charged with two counts of felony coercion after police said he incited the melee. In December, Jones pled no contest to conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct, a gross misdemeanor.

The AP reported that the Las Vegas police investigation said Jones and Edwards parted, and shots were fired toward the club a short time afterwards.

The Associated Press report, citing the document filed to obtain Edwards’ arrest warrant, said that someone began calling the suspended Titans star about a week later by telephone seeking money for “services rendered.”

It said a childhood friend also contacted Jones, urging him to pay the money.

According to the AP report, the warrant refers throughout to extortion and “extortion monies” and say Jones told investigators he took $10,000 out of a bank account in Atlanta to pay his friend “for paying the extortion money in his behalf.”

Of the three shooting victims, security guard Tom Urbanski suffered the most serious injuries, as he is paralyzed from the waist down from the gunshot wounds.

Jones has been suspended since April 10, 2007, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he will consider Jones for reinstatement sometime before training camp opens.

Jones’ representatives were given permission in February to seek a trade, and the Titans have been in negotiations with the Dallas Cowboys off and on for several weeks with a trade possible by this weekend’s draft. It is not known if or how the latest episode in the matter will affect trade talks.

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By: BADCOPS on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Dallas would do itself a favor and remove the thoughts of having Pacman join the team. He is nothing but trouble.

By: frank brown on 12/31/69 at 6:00

ADAM JONES is a respected man among his friends and neighbors within the ghetto he grew up. So there BADCOPS!

By: idgaf on 12/31/69 at 6:00

The reason he paid extortion money was????????????

By: Cowboy84 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

He will pay the shooter and others but Tommy Urbanski . . . nada. This should end any talk of a trade to Dallas and will probably end talk of him being reinstated.

By: courier37027 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

This must be a bad situation when Manny Arora is quiet. Usually this media wh*re attorney is seeking our every camera and microphone he can find.And to paraphrase our friend TITAN1, "I don't care how much trouble Pacman gets in, as long as he helps my Titans win on Sundays. I will ask Mayor Dean to raise taxes so we, as Nashvillians, can pay Pacman's extortion and hush monies."

By: Funditto on 12/31/69 at 6:00

The pacman guy is a thug. Good football players are a dime a dozen. Send him back from where he came. How many chances and opportunies is he gonna get?

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Paying for what? To keep quiet? Protection? Reinstatement seems a long-shot now. Courier, please post a link to the supposed remarks by Titan.

By: TITAN1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Thank you, gdiafante, he can't because I never said it. He thinks because I supported him until the Vegas incident he can make up things. He is a very bitter person, almost as bitter as idgaf.

By: Time for Truth on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Dallas fans should be glad this came up before we could get rid of him. Hopefully reinstatement is off the table and Pacman will just fade away into the nudie bar sunset (or neon).

By: courier37027 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

TITAN, you are on record as a Pac supporter, and you are for higher taxes to pay for sports. What paraphrasing did I post incorrectly?Gdia, feel free to pull your head out of the sand or from any other place you hide it.

By: NewYorker1 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Wow! Poor dumb Pacman. Oh well, I'll say a prayer for him while I'm on my Hawaiian cruise with my parents.

By: Anna3 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Can we ban this guy for life? He's a menace to society!

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Courier, he WAS a pacman supporter. So you can't substantiate your assertion. What a shock.By the way, there was a vote for the NFL and it won. So if you have a problem, look around to your government and your neighbors.It's safe to say we know where your head is Courier. lol

By: idgaf on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Anna the only thing that is keeping him in line now is reinstatement. If he gets banned for life lets hope he is in Ga when he gets the word. Its not going to be pretty.

By: Anna3 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Idgaf.. I might buy a ticket to be there! Have you ever seen a lawyer get "Bitch" slapped?

By: Time for Truth on 12/31/69 at 6:00

id, Atlanta is a major location for nudie bars so he'd probably spend what remains of his cash in one night. No telling what else he'd do. Maybe start back into his 'wrestling career'.

By: Docpyro on 12/31/69 at 6:00

Pac Man Jones is a thug. The Titans and the NFL are foolish to keep letting these type of individuals into professional football. Jones isn't alone. The league is full of trash. Its why I don't watch anymore.

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

I guess the Titans shouldn't have held out for more with Dallas. I doubt there will be a market for him now. The Titans are going to have to eat the hit.

By: Cowboy84 on 12/31/69 at 6:00

GD, When/If Goodell decides to extend his suspension the Titans will owe him nothing. They did not have to pay him this past season, not his salary and I think they are trying to get back the bonus money they had to pay him last season. The Titans should thank the NFL for once again disciplining smacman instead of them having to do it, they have proven woefully incapable since they drafted him.

By: FAMUAce on 12/31/69 at 6:00

WOW.. can you folks stop injecting your personal feelings into the facts?

By: gdiafante on 12/31/69 at 6:00

What I meant Cowboy, was that he was a 6th round pick and they aren't even going to get anything for him in a trade.