The controversial career of Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam 'Pacman' Jones has taken another bizarre twist today with the news that a 2012 court ruling has been upheld meaning the NFL star must pay $12.4 million in damages in relation to a shooting outside of a strip club.
The incident, which occurred in 2007, took place in Las Vegas and left one man paralyzed. Jones was not directly involved in the shooting but is deemed responsible for the injuries sustained to both Thomas Urbanski and Aaron Cudworth after his actions inside the club caused a major brawl.
Jones had been ordered to pay the vast sum back in 2012 but has been appealing the decision over the past two years. The Nevada Supreme Court have today however thrown out the appeal.
The details of the incident, as per SB Nation, suggest that a major fight ensued at the scene after Jones had thrown large sums of cash onto the stage of the strip club. Two dancers began fighting over the money, the argument quickly escalating into a full scale brawl that ended in the two individuals mentioned above being shot.
So while the NFL star himself did not pull the trigger, and argues he didn't even know the man who did, the courts ruled he was to be held responsible for starting the "melee."
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Jones' lawyers had argued that he would be unable to afford to pay the $12.4 million total.
Thomas Urbanski, who was left paralyzed from the waist down after being hit by a bullet, is to receive almost $11 million of the total sum.
$1.3 million meanwhile will go to Aaron Cudworth who suffered less serious injuries.
Jones had endured a controversial career since entering the draft as the sixth overall pick in 2005. He missed the entire 2007 campaign because of the shooting incident and was also out of part of the 2008 season for off the field issues.