Adam "Pacman" Jones, Tennessee's top draft pick, responded yesterday to the men who accused him of hitting them at a nightclub by suing them on charges of conspiracy, defamation and slander.
With his agent in Nashville trying to complete his contract, Jones had his lawyer file the suit in Davidson County (Tenn.) Circuit Court against club manager Robert Gaddy and his brother, Lamar Woodson. The men pressed charges against Jones on July 13 and he was arrested on two counts of misdemeanor assault and a felony count of vandalism.
Jones is asking for $7.5 million in compensatory and punitive damages.
Agent Michael Huyghue said the lawsuit was filed because the men's attorney had asked for $250,000 to drop the charges against the sixth pick overall and the first defensive player taken in the draft.
"At some point, the line has to be drawn, and we believe that point was at the $250,000 demand for money," Jones's attorney, Justin Gilbert, said.
Gaddy accused Jones of pushing him and knocking off a gold chain after Gaddy asked the cornerback to leave. Jones had rented the club for a private party after a Destiny's Child concert. Gaddy called the accusation that they asked for $250,000 "humorous."
A hearing on the charges was postponed until Dec. 8.
Jones, who has been working out in Florida during his holdout, said he was surprised Gaddy pressed charges because he didn't touch him. . . .
Former Heisman Trophy winner Jason White announced he is retiring from football because of weaknesses in his surgically repaired knees.
White, 25, signed with Tennessee in May after not being selected in the NFL draft. He was attempting to make the Titans as a third quarterback behind McNair and Billy Volek.
* PACKERS 10, CHARGERS 7: Brett Favre's offseason work paid immediate dividends last night in Green Bay's victory over San Diego at Lambeau Field.
Favre, who trained with a strength and conditioning coach in the offseason for the first time, completed 9 of 10 passes for 91 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions in 11/2 quarters of work.
He guided the Packers on an 80-yard scoring drive in the second quarter, during which he completed 7 of 8 passes for 64 yards, capping the series with a 23-yard strike to Donald Driver.
Philip Rivers's 34-yard touchdown pass to Willie Quinnie in the third quarter tied it at 7. Rivers completed 12 of 19 passes for 97 yards and no interceptions after replacing starter Drew Brees (2 for 5, 27 yards) to start the second quarter.
Place kicker Nate Kaeding blew three chances to put the Chargers ahead in the fourth quarter. He was wide left from 45 yards and then wide right from 44 and 46 in the closing minutes.
Backup quarterback J.T. O'Sullivan then drove the Packers to the Chargers 35, and Ryan Longwell kicked a 53-yard field goal with 33 seconds left.
* RAMS: First-round draft pick Alex Barron, a tackle from Florida State, was a no-show at practice, one day after signing a five-year contract.
"I don't know what to expect. If the kid really wanted to be here, he'd be here. I'm upset with the whole thing," Coach Mike Martz said.
* BILLS: Rookie tight end Kevin Everett is expected to miss the start of the season after the team placed him on the physically unable-to-perform list. Everett is still recovering after having surgery to repair torn ligaments in his left knee, which he hurt during a minicamp in April.
* JETS: The Jets, whose plan for a new stadium in Manhattan collapsed in June, are in talks with the Giants about joining their plan to build an $800 million stadium at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, N.J.