Thursday , Oct , 12 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Pacers’ Jackson charged

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Indiana Pacers guard Stephen Jackson was
charged on Wednesday with felony criminal recklessness and misdemeanor counts
of battery and disorderly conduct by the Marion County prosecutor for his role
in a fighting incident outside an Indianapolis nightclub last week.

Other players involved in the incident, Jamaal Tinsley, Marquis Daniels and
Jimmie Hunter, were not charged.

Jackson reportedly was hit by a car and fired a gun in the air at least five
times.

“In situations like this where there have been charges brought, as our
statement said there’s a presumption of innocence and the normal course in the
NBA has been to let the player play until it’s resolved,” Pacers CEO and
President Donnie Walsh said. “And then, if there’s any punishment or action
that’s going to be taken, it will be taken after that time.”

Jackson 16.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game last season.

“We talked to him very briefly when his lawyer was present,” Pacers President
of Basketball Operations Larry Bird said. “He was very upset. He knows it’s a
major embarrassment for the franchise. He’s taking it very hard. We hope we
can all overcome this, which we will, and get Stephen back out on the court
soon. But this is a big blow for Stephen. He didn’t expect this.”

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