Talented professional basketball star, Allen Iverson, is in legal trouble again because of an overly aggressive security guard. Ohio resident, Guy Walker, claims to have suffered “severe pain, emotional distress, and mental anguish” from injuries caused by Antwuan Clisey, one of Iverson’s security guards. He says that in April he was the victim of an unprovoked attack at the South Beach Pizza Bar in Detroit. The altercation cleared the bar, including Iverson, who was escorted out by his remaining guards. Walker claims that Mr. Iverson did nothing to stop the initial attack, according to the Detroit Free Press.
Since the incident last year, Walker has filed an eight page complaint with the district court in Detroit, MI, seeking $2.5 million plus damages. He says he suffered “an orbital blowout fracture of the eye” among other injuries.
This case, to be handled by a Michigan law firm, much like a Kalamazoo accident law firm, is similar to another suite Iverson faced in 2005. Marlin Godfrey sued Iverson after he was beat up by one of his body guards at a nightclub. He was then awarded $260,000. I am curious to see if Iverson will be able to “buy” himself out of this one.
Allen Iverson was a member of the Detroit Pistons, but recently was reacquired by the Philadelphia 76ers. Various lawyers and attorneys are now questioning how the case might affect his game, a good question for Kalamazoo personal injury attorneys in Michigan. Walker would want to know for what price the athlete would be willing to settle the case if it might hurt his focus in the games. As a pivotal figure in the NBA, could the stress of an exhausting trial jeopardize his value as a player?