Extra year of probation for Jackson
Michigan prosecutor says Pacer has not fulfilled terms of sentence for his part in 2004 brawl
By Mike Wells
October 10, 2006
Stephen Jackson has been given an extra year of probation because he did not complete the terms of his sentence for his part in the brawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills in 2004, an Oakland County (Mich.) assistant prosecutor said Monday.
The Indiana Pacers shooting guard was originally sentenced to one year of probation, 60 hours of community service, fined $250 and ordered to undergo anger management counseling. His probation was scheduled to end Sept. 23, but assistant prosecutor John Pietrofesa said it was extended to Sept. 23, 2007, after Jackson failed to complete all of the conditions of the deal.
"He hadn't satisfied everything he was supposed to do so he is under probation for another year," said Pietrofesa, who did not specify which of the conditions Jackson failed to complete.
Pietrofesa said last week's incident had no bearing on Jackson's probation since no charges have been filed. On Friday morning, Jackson was involved in an incident outside a Westside strip club in which he fired five gunshots into the air after he was hit by a car. Indianapolis police said Jackson, along with three of his teammates, "were victims in this case."
Jackson, who is recovering from injuries suffered during the altercation, is expected to join his teammates at practice today.
"It's going to be a few days before he'll be able to participate in contact drills because he has a lot of stitches in his lips," coach Rick Carlisle said. "The plastic surgeon wants to make sure that those things don't get busted out until they're taken out."
Carlisle said Jackson is "very doubtful" for Wednesday's preseason game against New Jersey at Conseco Fieldhouse.