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NASHVILLE, Tenn.- An attorney for Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones spoke on a Nashville radio station about his client's legal battles.
On Monday, police in Las Vegas announced that they were seeking charges against Jones in connection to shootings at a nightclub during the NBA All-Star weekend in February.
Jones' attorney Manubir "Manny" Arora spoke on NewsChannel 5's radio partner, WGFX-FM 104.5 The Zone Wednesday morning.
Arora said Wednesday morning that he is surprised about the recommended charges in Las Vegas and will fight them to the end.
Arora also said Jones' legal team is hoping to work with the NFL and NFL Players Association to see how Jones can continue to play despite charges pending in Georgia, Murfreesboro, and Las Vegas. Arora said he wants to see the surveillance video before an arrest warrant is issued so that he knows what to expect.
In a press conference Monday, Lt. George Castro in Las Vegas said that the department is seeking a felony charge of coercion and misdemeanor threat and battery charges against the Jones in the February shooting at Minxx.
Jones was present at the club where three people were shot including a manager who was paralyzed. The club owner told investigators Jones threatened to kill a security guard and assaulted a dancer. While police did not go into specifics, they said Jones was part of a physical fight.
"I'm quite suspicious of what this evidence is and the fact that the police didn't take any action of their own just tells me that perhaps that this is just passing the buck
Jones' attorneys will meet with Jones Wednesday in Nashville.
The district attorney in Las Vegas could rule on the felony and misdemeanor charges by week's end.
There is also a possibility that charges may be revived against Jones in Rutherford County.
In August, Jones was arrested and charged with misdemeanor public intoxication and disorderly conduct charges after an incident at the Sweetwater Saloon in Murfreesboro.
In January, Jones agreed to complete an anger management program, six months of supervised probation and pay the court costs. If he complied and remained out of trouble six months, then he wouldn't have a record in Rutherford County.
Prosecutors in Rutherford County now said if the district attorney's office charges Jones then they will bring back the charges against him in Middle Tennessee.
It remains unclear how this affects his professional football career?
In February, a judge dismissed an assault charge against Jones, who was accused of spitting on TSU student Krystal Webb during an altercation in a Nashville nightclub in October.
Judge John Aaron Holt questioned the validity of the alleged victim's story and dropped all charges against Pacman.
"I've learned my lesson. I'm a bigger target than I was before this incident. Now I really have to watch where I go. Maybe I'll chill out at a jazz bar somewhere with some older folks," Jones said. "I'm just happy it's over with. I'm ready to get back to football."
He paid a $100,000 fine to the NFL following the incident and hoped to receive a refund after the case was dismissed.
On Tuesday, Jones will meet with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about his run-ins with the law. The meeting comes at a time when the NFL is considering a stricter player conduct policy.
Tennessee Titans Head Coach Jeff Fisher told the NFL Network that the team is gathering information about Jones's exploits in Las Vegas and Georgia.
The Tennessee Titans released the following statement, which is posted on the team's Web site.
"The club is deeply disturbed that the alleged conduct of one of its players has resulted in felony charges in one state and accusations of felony conduct in another state.
"Since the NFL is preparing to introduce a new player conduct policy and since criminal charges and investigations are in progress, comment or speculation would be inappropriate. The club is currently reviewing its options with respect to the player."