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Pacman's Mom Stands By Her Son

Tommy Urbanski Tommy Urbanski
Deborah Jones Deborah Jones

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- As speculation abounds about Tennessee Titans Adam "Pacman" Jones' future, his mother remains his staunchest supporter.

On Monday, police in Las Vegas said they were pursuing felony and misdemeanor charges against Jones in connection to a triple shooting in February.

The NFL is also reviewing its player conduct policy and could make an example out of Jones, who is expected to meeting with the NFL commissioner on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Jones' mother has remained by his side and said her son isn't a troublemaker. She said trouble just seems to follow him. Jones has been linked to 10 separate criminal incidents in the past two years.

Deborah Jones said despite his father's murder when he was 6, her own incarceration for three years on drug charges, and a harsh life in Atlanta's public housing, her son is a survivor. 

"He was a perfect kid, I couldn't ask for better," said Deborah Jones. "He's got a tough guy mentality. He's got to be the tough guy. He's got to be the one to say whatever's got to be said, but inside he really feels."

As a youth, Jones put all of his energy into football and banked on his on-the-field talent to get him out of the projects. His mother said his biggest obstacle has been who he has called his friends.

"It's people that you are around. Please try and eliminate some of these bad apples," she said.

Deborah Jones believed most of Jones' troubles come from his high school friends. Many have died in gun-related crimes. Others still live the street life, and have been living off of Jones NFL status and salary.

"By then being his friends, he doesn't want to cut his friends off, because that's the rule of the hood, I guess you would say," she said.

Jones said her son will change because he has to. In the meantime, she wants people to see the little boy she's still proud of, not the trouble that seems to follow him. 

"He's young, 23 years old. You've been 23. You've hung up with the right crowd. Lighten up on him," she said.

NewsChannel 5 spoke with her after Las Vegas authorities announced Monday that they recommended that Jones be charged in connection with the shooting.

Jones' mother said her son was upset about the pending charges, but she insisted he was just a witness and was not involved. 

Three people were hurt in that shooting. Tommy Urbanski suffered the most serious injuries. He was made a paraplegic and was still recovering at a spinal clinic in Denver.

Urbanski's wife said she's kept up with the case and was pleased to hear of the latest recommendations on charges.

"He's definitely very happy about this. He anticipates and hopes that they will catch the actual shooter soon too," said his wife Kathy Urbanski.

The Urbanksi's do plan on filing a civil suit which would include Pacman Jones and others with him at the club the night of the shooting. 

A fund has been set up to help the Urbanski family with medical bills.  Information is at their website http://www.tommyurbanskifund.com/.

Stories:

2007

6/19 Police: Shooting Involved Pacman's Entourage
6/13 Police Will Take Case To Vegas Prosecutors
6/12 Pacman Jones Drops Appeal

5/21 Commissioner Could Lift Pacman's Suspension
5/15 Pacman Waits On Commissioner's Decision
5/11 Pacman's Appeal Hearing Ends
5/11 Pacman Appeals Length Of Suspension
5/04 Pacman Appeal Hearing Set For May 11

4/28 Victim Recounts Shooting, Feelings About Pacman
4/10 NFL Suspends Pacman Jones For 2007 Season
4/05 Pacman Speaks About Commissioner Meeting
4/04 Pacman Charges On Hold
4/03 Pacman Fan Club Maintains Support

3/28 Pacman's Attorneys Speak Up About Troubles
3/27 Pacman's Mom Stands By Her Son
3/26 Vegas Police Recommend Charges For Pacman
3/26 NFL Crackdown May Effect Pacman Jones
3/15
Anti-Pacman Site Draws Attention To Titan
3/15 Boys and Girls Clubs Not Affiliated With New Pacman Web Site
3/12 Club Owner Threatened After Pacman Accusations
3/12
Pacman Assaulted At Bowling Alley
3/13 Knife Suspect Goes To Court
3/10 Man Confronts Pacman With Knife At Bowling Alley
3/09 Fisher And Attorney Answer Pacman Questions
3/09
Nashville Radio Listeners Hear Jones' Side From Attorneys
3/01 Pacman Faces Felony Charges In Georgia

2/28
Recordings Link Pacman To Drug Dealer
2/27 Drug Dealer's Recorded Calls Mention Pacman's Troubles
2/26
Club Says Death Threats Made After Shootings
2/23 Jones Retains Another Attorney
2/21 Strip Club Owner Disputes Pacman's Lawyer
2/24 Titans GM: It's Possible `Pacman' Won't Be On 2007 Roster
2/23
Pacman's Role In Shooting, Punishment Unclear
2/20 Vegas Police Talk To Pacman About Shooting
2/20 Vegas PD Seize $81,000 From Pacman
2/02 Judge Dismisses Assault Charge Titans Cornerback
2/01 Titans' Jones Found Not Guilty, Case Dismissed

1/11 Pacman Jones Appears In Court

2006

12/18/06 Pacman Jones' Court Date Rescheduled
12/18/06 PacMan Buys Seized Cadillac

11/17/06
Titans Cornerback Appeared in Court
11/01/06 Pacman Suspended From Sunday's Game

10/30/06 Titans Cornerback Accused of Assaulting a Student

09/19/06
Titans' Pacman Jones Arrested Again


Video Clips:

3/11Man Confronts Pacman With Knife At Bowling Alley
3/09Unclear If Pacman Disclosed Ga. Arrests To Titans
2/27Recordings Link Pacman To Drug Dealer
2/27Drug Dealer's Recorded Calls Mention Pacman's Troubles

2/23Club Owner Threatened After Pacman Accusations
2/23Pacman's Punishment Unclear If Involved In Shooting
2/23Club's Bouncer Puts Blame On Pacman
2/22Strip Club Owner Disputes Pacman's Lawyer

2/20Vegas Police Want To Talk To Pacman About Shooting
2/01Titans' Jones Found Not Guilty, Case Dismissed

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