NFL won’t be hostage in Pacman’s lawsuit
By: By KEN RITTER, Associated Press Writer
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The NFL is citing the same jurisdictional grounds the Tennessee Titans used to get out of a lawsuit by a man paralyzed in a shooting outside a strip club minutes after a melee involving suspended fooball player Adam “Pacman” Jones.
Clark County District Court Judge Jessie Walsh is due to hear arguments Feb. 20 on the league’s claim that Nevada courts lack the reach to hold the league responsible in the wounding of Tommy Urbanski last February outside the Minxx Gentleman’s Club.
In documents filed Jan. 16, league lawyers point to Walsh’s Jan. 9 ruling releasing the Titans from the lawsuit filed by paralyzed former club employee Urbanski.
“Plaintiffs attempt to hold the NFL hostage in this case should prompt the same response,” the league said.
Urbanski and his wife, Kathy, filed the lawsuit Oct. 19, seeking to recover unspecified damages from Jones, the NFL, the Titans and the owners of Harlem Knights, a Houston strip club that rented the Las Vegas club the night of the shooting, during NBA All-Star weekend.
A lawyer for Jones declined comment Tuesday. Lawyers for Urbanski and for Harlem Knights and its representative, Chris Mitchell of Texas, did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.
Urbanski was one of three people wounded in the shooting.
He accuses the league of failing to discipline Jones for several run-ins with police in other cities before the Las Vegas shooting.
Jones was later suspended for the 2007 season for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy. League officials pointed to six arrests since Jones was drafted by the Titans in 2005.
Jones pleaded no contest Dec. 6 to a reduced charge of conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct, a gross misdemeanor, in the brawl inside the Las Vegas club.
No one has been charged with the shooting outside, and Jones’ lawyer, Robert Langford, has declined to say if Jones knows the identity of the gunman or not.