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.