Peelers OK with Pacman

ROSS ROMANIUK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:36 AM ET

Some Winnipeg strip clubs are almost dancing at the prospect of the publicity he would bring.

When word broke yesterday NFL bad boy Adam (Pacman) Jones is on the verge of signing with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, managers of local exotic dancing establishments -- the kinds of businesses that have made the player notorious -- were ready to roll out the welcome mat.

Despite Jones' exploits in running afoul of the law in at least one and possibly two shootings at strip clubs south of the border, the manager of Winnipeg's Sin City bar said she would welcome the 25-year-old at her Ellice Avenue watering hole without hesitation.

"It's fabulous if he ends up here. We're more than happy to welcome him with open arms. We even have a VIP section where he could sit and have private time with a friend," Robin Skolnik said with a chuckle.

At Teasers Burlesque Palace in St. Boniface, office manager Sue Dhoot echoed that enthusiasm -- despite the former Dallas Cowboy and Tennessee Titan's reputation and history, which includes a previous suspension by the NFL.

"The more publicity, the better," Dhoot told the Winnipeg Sun. "Our bar would get put in the paper a whole lot."

The cornerback and kick returner played for the Cowboys last year, though he was suspended by the NFL for part of that season and for the entire 2007 campaign. Jones' reputation stems from allegedly scrapping with strippers to spitting on women, as well as a dispute with a Cowboys bodyguard.

His most serious problems stem from a Las Vegas incident in which he tossed $81,000 in cash at a stripper, and then became angry when staff tried to scoop up the money. That led to a shooting that left a man paralyzed from the waste down.

A few Sin City patrons, requesting anonymity, said Pacman's presence would be welcome.

"I have no problem with it," one man said. "We all make mistakes, right? Hopefully he's learned from it."

Another man suggested firearms aren't such a problem. "And being in the so-called murder capital, I should be carrying one right now, too," he said.

Another customer, Mike Kapeluch, said Jones' actions on CFL fields would be a far more important public concern.

ross.romaniuk@sunmedia.ca


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