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New Charges In Pacers Strip Club Fight

Published: Oct. 6, 2006 at 12:43 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 11, 2007 at 8:20 PM CDT
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New Media Producer: Kerry Corum

UPDATE, THU, 1:00 PM: A friend of an Indiana Pacers player was in court Thursday, to face charges for his role in a fight outside an Indianapolis strip club.

A court commissioner entered a not guilty plea to misdemeanor charges of battery, disorderly conduct and possession of marijuana, on behalf of 29-year-old Raymel Mattocks, of Brooklyn.

Mattocks is a friend of point guard Jamaal Tinsley, who was also at Club Rio early on October 6th for the fight, at the time Stephen Jackson is accused of shooting a gun.

Marion Superior Court Commissioner Steven Rubick told Mattocks he could return to New York between court appearances.

He ordered him to have no contact with several witnesses, including Pacers players, but made an exception for Tinsley since he is a longtime family friend of Mattocks.

UPDATE, THU, 10:10 AM: Deputies led Indiana Pacers player Stephen Jackson away in handcuffs Thursday, after a judge entered a not guilty plea on his behalf, on a felony charge of criminal recklessness for a fight outside a strip club.

Jackson can post bond after authorities book him. Bond was set at $10,000.

Marion County Prosecutor Carl Brizzi says Jackson was treated like any other defendant.

Authorities say Jackson shot a gun in the air at least five times outside Club Rio last Friday.

Brizzi says Jackson got his gun from his car and fired it - before he was hit by a car. Jackson initially said he fired the gun after he was hit by the car.

Jackson's attorney James Voyles says his client acted in self-defense.

Jackson is already on probation for his role in the brawl with Detroit Pistons fans two years ago.

UPDATE, THU, 10:00 AM: A Marion County judge has entered a preliminary plea of not guilty, on behalf of Pacers guard Stephen Jackson, to a felony charge of criminal recklessness.

Jackson was wearing a dark suit as he appeared in an Indianapolis courtroom Thursday morning, to face charges stemming from a fight outside a strip club early Friday.

As the hearing ended, Jackson was handcuffed and taken away for processing.

He's already on probation for his role in the brawl with Detroit Pistons fans two years ago. Now, Jackson faces two misdemeanor counts of battery and disorderly conduct, in connection with Friday's fight.

Police say Jackson shot a gun in the air at least five times, originally telling authorities he fired in self-defense during the fight, in which he was hit by a car.

UPDATE, WED, 1:35 PM: The Marion County prosecutor is charging Pacers guard Stephen Jackson with felony criminal recklessness and two misdemeanor charges in connection with a fight outside an Indianapolis nightclub early Friday.

Jackson was punched in the mouth and hit by the car during the melee.

He told police he fired a gun in the air in self-defense. He has stitches in his lip and other scrapes and bruises.

UPDATE, MON, 7:00 AM: There's been an altercation outside a club involving Indiana Pacers player Stephen Jackson.

Police say Jackson told them he fired his nine-millimeter pistol in self-defense after he was hit in the mouth and struck by a car early last Friday, outside an Indianapolis strip club.

There were no reports of anyone being hit by the gunfire and police have not made any arrests.

Indianapolis police say Jackson and some teammates had been involved in an argument inside the club and were followed outside by other patrons.

Players Jamaal Tinsley and Marquis Daniels also had guns in their cars, but police say all three had permits.

Jackson joined the Pacers in 2004 and averaged 16 points per game last season.

He's also one of the players involved in the brawl with Detroit Pistons fans in 2004. Jackson pleaded no contest to misdemeanor assault-and-battery charges and was sentenced to probation and community service.

New Media Producer: Rachel Chambliss

UPDATE, SAT, 3 PM: The Indiana Pacers started training camp with 12 new players and a new slogan: "It's up to us."

But the effort to draw fans back to a team still recovering from the 2004 brawl with Detroit Pistons fans, Ron Artest's antics and a 41-41 season last year was sullied before the first preseason tipoff.

Four Pacers were involved in an altercation at an Indianapolis strip club early Friday. Police say guard Stephen Jackson fired a gun in the air in apparent self-defense after he was slugged in the mouth and struck by a car.

Pacers coach Rick Carlisle says Jackson and teammates Jamaal Tinsley, Marquis Daniels and Jimmie Hunter committed an "error in judgment" by staying out late during training camp, but says he was relieved no one was seriously injured.

New Media Producer: Kerry Corum

UPDATE, FRI, 12:15 PM: The Indiana Pacers say Stephen Jackson and three other players are linked to a Friday morning fight, outside an Indianapolis strip club, are cooperating with authorities.

The Pacers say, since their review of the incident is ongoing, they have nothing more to say.

Jackson has told police he fired his nine-millimeter pistol four or five times into the air, in self-defense, after he was slugged in the mouth and hit by a car outside the strip club.

Jamaal Tinsley, Jimmie Hunter and Marquis Daniels were also at the club at the time.

The Pacers have practice Friday, but the team says the four players will not be available for interviews, on the advice of their attorneys.

Previously: Indiana Pacers player Stephen Jackson says he fired his nine-millimeter pistol four or five times into the air in self-defense - after he was slugged in the mouth and hit by a car outside an Indianapolis strip club.

That's the story he gave police after the fight at Club Rio, near the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

There's no reports of anyone being struck by the gunfire and police have not made any immediate arrests.

Officers are looking for the car that struck Jackson, tossing him over the hood of the vehicle.

Police say Jackson and fellow Pacers Jamaal Tinsley, Marquis Daniels and Jimmie Hunter, were inside the club when an argument began so they left.

The patrons who were arguing with them followed the players outside.

Jackson was limping after being struck by the car and sought treatment at a hospital.

The Pacers plan to release a statement about the incident later Friday.

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