Wednesday, June 20, 2007

His Middle Name Is "Bernard"?!

While most of the upcoming story isn't particularly suprising, one aspect of it is: Pacman Jones's middle name is.... "Bernard".

So, from that little misunderstanding at a Las Vegas strip joint, he was charged with some felonies. Specifically, he was charged with two counts of:
NRS 207.190 Coercion.
1. It is unlawful for a person, with the intent to compel another to do or abstain from doing an act which the other person has a right to do or abstain from doing, to:
(a) Use violence or inflict injury upon the other person or any of his family, or upon his property, or threaten such violence or injury;
(b) Deprive the person of any tool, implement or clothing, or hinder him in the use thereof; or
(c) Attempt to intimidate the person by threats or force.
Which carries the punishment of:
(a) Where physical force or the immediate threat of physical force is used, for a category B felony by imprisonment in the state prison for a minimum term of not less than 1 year and a maximum term of not more than 6 years, and may be further punished by a fine of not more than $5,000.
(b) Where no physical force or immediate threat of physical force is used, for a misdemeanor.
Ouch. Minimum one year sentence. Looks like his suspension may have gotten just a little bit longer.

From a legal standpoint, at this point, it appears the State of Nevada has enough to make these charges stick. The State's theory goes: a) the bouncers were just trying to do their job by attempting to break up the fight; b) Pacman essentially told the bouncers on two seperate occasions to stop interfering or he'd kill them; and c) their perception that his threats were credible is reasonable. I'd suspect a plea down to misdemeanor assault or immunity if Pacman gives up the shooter's identity.

You can read the full criminal complaint here. Its just a more detailed version of everything we've all already heard about. But just to bring everyone up to speed:

He was making it rain for one particular stripper he knew from the Georgia area. Another, unknown stripper starting taking some money. Those two strippers starting fighting and Pacman lended a helping hand by punching the unknown stripper in the face a few times. Meanwhile, some other dude grabbed Pacman's money and made a run for it. Pacman starting chasing the dude, but the bouncer Aaron Cudworth gave Pacman a big hug from behind, partly to show affection partly to immobilize the, ahem, punt returner. They were escorting Pacman outside when he wiggled free and jumped on stage, crossed his arms and shouted, "I ain't fucking going nowhere... We outta... I'm gonna fucking kill ya... Matter of fact, all you's are gonna get it."

The scene apparently turned into a (absent the eventual tragedy) comedic concoction of 1 part Benny Hill Chase and 1 part classic Western bar brawl with the bouncers repeatedly, but unsuccesfully trying to give Pacman hugs. In a new social gesture, one of which I am not yet familiar, Pacman returned the favor by repeatedly, but unsuccesfully trying to punch each bouncer. Finally, the bouncers got everyone outside. Pacman, again, allegedly threatened Cudworth that he was going to shoot him. Finally and tragically, some other dude stepped from around a dumpster and fired 5-6 shots at Cudworth, striking the bouncer and two other individuals.

1 comment:

letsplaytummysticks said...

I get it. In project mayhem you only get a middle name after you get charged with two felonies. His middle name is Bernard. His middle name is Bernard.