There is nothing like an overzealous prosecutor. You would think attorneys would have learned their lessons during the fake Duke Rape case that saw Durham District Attorney Mike Nifong go down in flames.
Apparently, the Las Vegas District Attorneys Office hasn’t learned one thing.
The Clark County, Nev., district attorney’s office wants felony arrest warrant for Adam “Pacman” Jones for failure to repay $20,000 in gambling debts at Caesars Palace, according to the Las Vegas Sun.
But not only that, the prosecutor also wants to charge Pacman with fraud and theft. The paper explains that Harrah’s Entertainment, the owners of Caesars Palace, for the prosecutor to open the criminal case against Jones on Feb. 12. Apparently, unpaid debts in Vegas are treated as bad check crimes.
Manny Arora, Pacman’s agent, said that his client planned to pay the debt in a couple of days, according to ESPN’s Ed Werder.
What bothers me is Charles Barkley was only threatened with charges if he did not pay back $400,000 he owed to a casino. Barkley paid the debt and no charges were filed. He late said on live television after a basketball playoff game that he will never gamble again. I think $400,000 is far more serious than $20,000.
Why is this same DA’s office aggressively prosecuting Pacman, but not Barkley? Let’s just hope Pacman pays the debt and the NFL doesn’t use this as an impediment to reinstating Pacman, because it shouldn’t. It’s high time to give Pacman his chance and I am sure the world will be watching to see if he has, in fact, turned a new leaf.