Now linked by an infamous on-air comment, radio bad boy Don Imus and NFL bad boy Adam “Pacman” Jones share a talent for recidivism.
Imus can’t help but make racist comments on this radio show. (It almost undeniable at this point that the disc jockey holds racist views.)
Jones can’t help but get arrested– six time sine being drafted by the Tennessee Titans in 2005.
|College||Sentenced to one year in prison for a bar fight in Morgantown, West Virginia which sentence was suspended in exchange for two years of probation.|
|July 13, 2005||Arrested and charged with assault and felony vandalism after a nightclub altercation.|
|September 5, 2005||Verbal tirade after the Nashville Sports Council Kickoff Luncheon when told by valet he’d have to wait for his car.|
|October 2005||West Virginia probation extended 90 days for not contacting probation officer and not reporting his July 2005 arrest.|
|March 23, 2006||Charged with marijuana possession in Fayetteville, Georgia. (Claimed at the time he knew how to beat the NFL’s drug test.|
|August 25, 2006||Arrested and given six months probation for disorderly conduct and public intoxication after being ordered by the police to leave a Murfreesboro night club where Jones claimed a woman stole his wallet and the woman claimed Jones spat on her.|
|October 26, 2006||Issued a citation for misdemeanor assault after a female student from Tennessee State University claimed he spit in her face at a Nashville night club.|
|Feburary 19, 2007||In the middle of a fight and shooting at a strip club in Las Vegas that left one man paralyzed and two more wounded. The fight started after Jones showered strippers on stage with over $80,000 dollars. The club owner claims Jones was beating a strippers head against the bar while threatening to kill one of the club’s employees.|
|January 3, 2008||Accused of punching Wanda S. Jackson in the face at Atlanta strip club Body Tap Strip Club. Jackson claims Jones punched her in her left eye.|
Other recent news involving NFL players involved in crime:
- Carolina Panthers receiver Dwayne Jarrett pleaded guilty to driving while impaired on Monday.
- Arizona Cardinals running back J.J. Arrington was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after reportedly being involved in a fight in his home town of Rocky Mount, North Carolina.
- New York Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw started a 30-day sentence for violating probation terms of a previously undisclosed juvenile offense.
- Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch will plead guilty to unspecified charges after a a hit-and-run car accident that injured a pedestrian last month.
- Britney accused of selling baby pictures to papparazzi, but Denise Richards has a green light to star Charlie Sheen’s daughters on reality TV.
- Barry Bonds seeks to trim five count indictment (four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice), claiming prosecutor’s questions were harder to follow than a Roger Clemens curve ball.
- Don Imus sued by advertiser for tasteless Gerry Ford quip and Jessica Simpson is not OK with OK!, but Perez Hilton can say whatever he wants.
- Rapper Lil’ Wayne arrested for hauling cocaine and ecstasy across the border while Busta Rhymes pleads guilty to four assault and DUI charges.
- Heath Ledger’s $20 bill was not a blow stick, his sleeping pills and psych meds were all prescribed– some in Europe, and no faul play likely associated with the four calls placed to Mary-Kate nine minutes before first call to 911 but masseuse Diane Lee Wol may face felony charges for practicing without a license and Mary-Kate still needs to talk with police.
- City mayors need to be careful who and what they text message.
Before the ink was even dry on his settlement agreement, Don Imus may have to cough up some of the $20,000,000 CBS will pay him to settle his terminated contract. While it is not clear where the disgraced radio jock will show up next on the radio, we do know he has a date in court. Kia Vaughn, the six foot four center of the Rutgers basketball team referred to as “nappy headed ho’s” on Imus’s CBS morning radio show, has filed a a libel, slander, and defamation suit against Imus, CBS Radio, CBS Corp., Viacom Inc., Westwood One Radio, MSNBC, NBC Universal, and Imus producer Bernard McGuirk.
The easiest claim to prevail may well be the slander claim given it is a “slander per se” case which does not require proof of damages since the uttered words themselves were derogatory.
The firestorm that has erupted over the sublte prejudice protrayed by Shock Jock Don Imus’ comments about the Rutgers Women’s basketball team, brings to mind a littany of controversial legal matters involving radio disc jockeys in the last few years. So far, Imus has received a two week suspension. Most often disc jockeys get fired. On other occassions, monetary fines, criminal charges, and far worse fates than public humiliation befall those involved in radio stunts gone awry.