GEORGETOWN KY - JULY 31: Adam Jones #24 of the Cincinnati Bengals is pictured during the Bengals training camp at Georgetown College on July 31 2010 in Georgetown Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Poor Adam Jones. During the same week that the league invited cornerback Adam Jones to participate in panel discussions at the NFL rookie symposium, Jones was ordered by a jury to pay $11 million in damages during the infamous strip club shooting in 2007. According to initial reports, two people who worked at the Minxx strip club, filed a lawsuit against Jones for the shooting during the NBA All-Star weekend over five years ago. Aaron Cudworth was wounded during the incident, awarded $1.3 million in damages while Thomas Urbanski, the club manager was paralyzed from the waist down and awarded $9.6 million.
Jones' lawyer Lisa Rasmussen, who plans to appeal the verdict, says that Jones simply doesn't have the money right now.
"It's obviously a devastating amount for him financially," Rasmussen said. "He has really worked hard to make a comeback with his NFL career."
"People perceive him as a person who is able to pay $11 million," she said. "Adam doesn't even get paid until he plays his first game."
Since this was a civil case and not a criminal one, Jones was sued by the injured and one could argue that despite not being the shooter, his actions started a domino affect that led to the incident. We doubt the league will intervene on any sort of punishment, after serving a one-year suspension in 2007.
However the league did officially announce a four-game suspension for Bengals linebacker Dontay Moch this week after testing positive for a banned substance. Moch failed to appear during his rookie season in 2011 after suffering a broken foot during the preseason, then plagued by migraines throughout the second half of the year. Now he'll have missed his first 20 career regular season games for one reason or another.