Lawyer rejects Jones' account of brawl

LAS VEGAS --- The lawyer for the man accused of shooting three people after a strip club melee involving NFL player Adam Jones said Tuesday that Jones made up the story that led to the man's arrest.


"Pacman Jones' story is completely fabricated," Jeffrey Segal said outside court after Arvin Kenti Edwards pleaded not guilty to charges that could put him in prison for the rest of his life.

Segal told Clark County District Court Judge Valorie Vega that police arrested the wrong man based on the word of a troubled sports figure whose account of an NBA All-Star weekend melee inside the Minxx strip club and the shooting outside couldn't be trusted.

Police said Jones, a 24-year-old cornerback traded from the Tennessee Titans to the Dallas Cowboys this summer, "instigated" a brawl inside the club by showering strippers on stage with dollar bills from a large plastic trash bag. Jones was charged with two felony counts of coercion stemming from allegations that he threatened to kill club employees and scuffled with a bar bouncer. He was never charged in the shooting.

BRONCOS: Wide receiver Brandon Marshall has been suspended for three games for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.

Marshall was arrested in March on a domestic violence allegation by his ex-girlfriend. He's also due in court next month for a drunken driving trial.

- Center Tom Nalen could be out until the season opener as he continues to recover from off-season surgery on his left knee.

RAVENS: Quarterback Kyle Boller , who has started 42 games for the team, will start in the preseason opener at New England.

Coach John Harbaugh is staging an open competition to determine his first-string quarterback. Boller, second-year pro Troy Smith and rookie Joe Flacco are vying for the job.

Boller has been a starter since his rookie season in 2003.

BROWNS: Pro Bowler Joshua Cribbs , one of the NFL's premier special teams players who took back two kickoffs and a punt for touchdowns last season, said his agent has asked the team to restructure the six-year contract extension he signed during the 2006 season.

- Safety Gary Baxter , attempting a comeback from two freak knee injuries, had arthroscopic knee surgery. Coach Romeo Crennel gave no timetable on a return date.

GIANTS: The agent for Plaxico Burress had talks with the team about getting a new contract for the star wide receiver.

Burress, who caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the Super Bowl against New England and led New York in receiving and touchdown catches last season, has three years left on a contract that will provide him $3.25 million this season.

FAN CONDUCT: The NFL has implemented a new code of fan conduct, warning that spectators who misbehave will be ejected and barred from coming back.

The policy, first recommended by Commissioner Roger Goodell at league meetings in April, is aimed at conduct that the league said "detracts from the gameday experience."

It includes bans on behavior that is unruly, disruptive or illegal; drunkenness and signs of alcohol impairment that result in irresponsible behavior; foul or abusive language or obscene gestures; interference with the progress of the game, including throwing objects onto the field; failing to follow instructions of stadium personnel; and verbal or physical harassment of fans from the opposing team.



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