Justice has finally been served and Pacman Jones must pay 11 million for Vegas strip club shooting. Sometimes justice can be a long time coming. In this case, it took over 5 years.
The shooting occurred at the now closed Minxx Strip Club during NBA All-Star weekend in 2007. Jones and his entourage were removed from the club, and Jones, police allege, met briefly with the accused shooter, Arvin Kenti Edwards, before Edwards opened fire.
Two security guards were shot. Tom Urbanski, one of the guards, had his life forever altered after bullets tore in to his right hand, left wrist, stomach and spine leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Down but not out, Urbanski created a band called Four Bullets Later. He says the music helps to take away the pain.
Now that Pacman Jones must pay 11 million, of which nearly 10 million will go to to Urbanski, at least the former ex-cop and bouncer can afford the very best in medical care and enjoy his music although he will likely not ever walk again. No amount of money can buy that.
The other Security Officer, Aaron Cudworth, was awarded $1.3 million, including $300,000 in punitive damages. Cudworth reportedly still suffers pain after being shot in the chest and arm, The verdict was first reported by TMZ.
Urbanski said by telephone Friday evening that he believes the verdict will send a message to athletes and celebrities that they can be held responsible for public “rampaging,” even if they escape criminal charges.
“They’ve got to clean up their acts,” he said. “All of them.”
Although he wasn’t found guilty criminally, Pacman Jones’ lawyer, Lisa Rasmussen, whined about the impact the verdict will have on him since Jones was ordered to pay 11 million. “It’s obviously a devastating amount for him financially,” Rasmussen said. “He has really worked hard to make a comeback with his NFL career.
Is it too much that Pacman Jones must pay 11 million as his lawyer implies or not?