“I would hate the Jets for the rest of my life if they sign Pacman Jones,” said Urbanski, a former professional wrestler who grew up in Commack, L.I. and now lives in Las Vegas. … “Thank God I can still watch football and enjoy it. Watching New Yorkers cheer him on would have been one s— sandwich I couldn’t swallow.”
In addition to his physical problems, there’s a financial component to Urbanski’s ire.
Urbanski’s dilemma boils down to this: He believes Jones is a thug who has shown no remorse for instigating the 2007 shooting that nearly killed him, but the more money Jones makes with his next contract, the quicker he’ll be able to pay off the jury’s award, which was unanimously upheld by the Nevada Supreme Court in January 2015. Urbanski says he has received about $60,000 from Jones since the jury ruled in his favor. He recently received a check for $20,000, by far the biggest payment to date. “He hasn’t even put a small dent in the award,” said Urbanski’s attorney, Matthew Dushoff.
Jones pleaded no contest in 2007 to conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct and was sentenced to probation. He allegedly touched off a brawl at a Las Vegas strip club by throwing money toward dancers, and Urbanski, a manager at the club, was injured by a gunman in the ensuing chaos.
Jones started 14 games for the Bengals last season and is one of the top cornerbacks in free agency. The Bengals, Cowboys, Dolphins and Vikings have been reported as possible landing spots for a player who also is coveted for his abilities as a return man.