A Las Vegas judge ordered Cincinnati Bengals CB Pacman Jones to pay $11.7 million dollars in damages to three persons as a result of his alleged role in a 2007 strip club shooting. Club owner Tommy Urbanski received the largest settlement, $9.6 million dollars for intentional infliction of emotional distress. Urbanski was paralyzed from the waist down after being shot. Jones was order to pay Kathy Urbanski $750,000 dollars.
Aaron Cudworth, a former bouncer at the strip club who was shot twice, received a judgement for $3.1 million dollars. The Associated Press is reporting that Jones will appeal the judge’s ruling.
In a twist of irony, Jones was selected by the NFL to address incoming league rookies, advising them on how to avoid off-field issues and money management.
Jones, 28, has never appeared in a full season slate of games in his career, with his best season coming in 2006 with 63 tackles and four interceptions. With the Bengals last season, Jones appeared in eight games, recording 28 tackles. Jones is currently under contract with the Bengals on a one-year deal worth $700,000 dollars.