LAS VEGAS -- His distinctive dreadlocks gone, Adam "Pacman" Jones posted bail, walked out of jail early Friday and
headed home to Nashville, leaving his lawyers to again sort out the
legal entanglements of the suspended NFL player.
Jones surrendered to face charges in a Las Vegas strip club
melee that preceded a triple shooting. The Tennessee Titans
cornerback was released on $20,000 bail, and was scheduled to
return for an initial court appearance July 23.
Jones will plead not guilty to two felony charges of coercion
stemming from allegations that he threatened to kill Minxx club
employees and that he bit a bar bouncer, his lawyers said.
If convicted, the 23-year-old Jones faces a maximum of 12 years
in prison and a $10,000 fine.
The arrest was the sixth for Jones since he was drafted in 2005.
NFL and team officials declined comment Friday.
Jones' attorneys complained that police had unfairly handled his
"They gave us a one-day notice to get people cross-country on
warrants that weren't even issued yet," lawyer Manny Arora said.
Arora alleged that a criminal complaint wasn't filed until
Thursday and said defense lawyers had to prod authorities to file
an arrest warrant so Jones could turn himself in.
"It just seems like they're more worried about press releases
than the facts of the case," Arora said.
Clark County District Attorney David Roger was out of the office
Friday and unavailable for comment. An aide said the criminal
complaint was submitted to Las Vegas Justice Court on Wednesday,
and the warrants were issued after 3 p.m. Thursday.
Police did not immediately respond to requests for comment on
Arora's claims. Officials have insisted that Jones' case was
receiving no special treatment, despite his celebrity.
Las Vegas police said Jones was booked and released about 2 a.m.
A jail booking photo showed he had cut his hair.
Jones and two companions are accused of attacking and
threatening employees inside Minxx during NBA All-Star Weekend. A
bouncer was paralyzed in the shooting that followed.
Authorities say Jones has been involved in at least 11 police
investigations around the country; he has not been convicted of any
Jones was being sought by Atlanta-area police for questioning in
a shooting early Monday after a fight at a strip club. Arora said
he gave DeKalb County investigators proof that Jones left the club
and was having breakfast at an Atlanta-area Waffle House when the
shooting was reported.
In Murfreesboro, Tenn., a prosecutor cited the developments in
Las Vegas and asked a judge on Friday to reinstate misdemeanor
charges against Jones for breaking a January plea agreement to stay
out of trouble. Jones was due in court July 5.
"We felt like we certainly can't wait until that case is
resolved to move along our case," District Attorney William
The case stems from public intoxication and disorderly conduct
charges against Jones in an August 2006 incident outside a club
It was unclear what effect the Las Vegas arrest would have on
Jones' playing status. He was suspended by the NFL for the upcoming
season due to his many run-ins with the law. League officials had
said he might be reinstated after the Titans' 10th regular-season
game if he had no "adverse involvement with law enforcement."
Jones' Las Vegas lawyer, Robert Langford, also represents two
people who police say were in Jones' entourage and who face felony
"When it comes to it, they'll plead not guilty," Langford