Shaquille O'Neal and the 10 Strangest Sports Lawsuits Ever
Today, Shaquille O'Neal was sued by a former friend, who said the basketball star tried to hack his computer to frame him for possession of child pornography.
It was a stunning lawsuit that came out of nowhere, and came as a shock to people who couldn't see O'Neal doing something like that, and personally, neither can I.
However, sports lawsuits aren't uncommon and they get much weirder than this, and here are the top 10 odd sports lawsuits of all-time.
No. 10: Junior Seau
Junior Seau was sued by two women who said the linebacker hurled "female-specific profanities" at them and threw drinks at them.
The pair sued Seau for property damage and mental anguish for the incident seeking unspecified damages.
For one of the nice guys in the league, some of the things he said (things I can't publish here) were pretty brutal.
It just seemed really out of character for Seau.
No. 9: Latrell Sprewell
In 1998, while playing for the Golden State Warriors, Latrell Sprewell sued the NBA to try and get his salary back that he lost while serving a year-long suspension for choking his coach.
Way to go, Spree. This is up there with him saying that his contract offers, worth millions of dollars, weren't good enough to feed his family. Sprewell then didn't sign with anyone, and hasn't played since.
Sprewell isn't exactly the sharpest knife in the drawer.
No. 8: University of Miami
Bryan Fortay sued the University of Miami in 1993 because he wasn't named the starting quarterback.
Let that sink in.
Fortay was recruited by then-coach Jimmy Johnson. Johnson wanted Fortay so bad that he promised not to recruit another quarterback that year if he signed with Miami.
Johnson then left to go coach the Dallas Cowboys, and after talking to the new coach, Dennis Erickson, he decided to stay, saying Erickson made commitments to him, one of which being named the starter.
However, Gino Torretta was named the starter, and Fortay filed a lawsuit.
Sounds like sour grapes to me. Fortay transferred to Rutgers, where he also didn't start. Oops.
No. 7: Notre Dame
In 1999, a woman was injured when someone lunged for a ball that went into the stands during a Notre Dame football game.
Since she was injured and you know, Notre Dame's pockets are stuffed to the gills, the woman sued the university for not exercising care to protect her.
That's like suing a baseball team after getting hit by a foul ball at a game.
Take some personal responsibility, and just realize you should have protected yourself.
You're not getting a security detail at a football game. Grow up and move on.
No. 6: Los Angeles Dodgers
A family sued the Dodgers in 2002 for false imprisonment and battery by security guards at the stadium after one of the family members got physical with an usher who was working the game.
So you assault a stadium employee and you're the one doing the lawsuit? That's hilarious.
False imprisonment? You're lucky you weren't heading to jail for attacking someone for doing their job.
The gall of some people in this country never ceases to amaze me. Anything for a buck, I suppose.
No. 5: Michael Jordan
In 2006, Allan Heckard sued Michael Jordan, for looking like him. No, that's not a typo.
He said that he can't go outside without being compared to Jordan, and he said it's led to defamation, permanent injury, emotional pain, and suffering.
The best part is how he said that at his gym he's even compared to Jordan when he plays basketball.
I'm not sure what I can say other than it's the most hilarious thing I've ever heard.
I'm sure Jordan just pulled out another cigar, lit it, and laughed the night away.
No. 4: LeBron James
This summer, Leicester Stovell sued LeBron James, saying he was his father and a victim of a cover-up to deny his fatherhood and committing fraud to do it.
This was while LeBron was trying to make his decision of teams that ended with his controversial choice to sign with Miami.
Stovell is seeking $4 million in damages, but wouldn't say for certain that he whole-heartedly believed he was his father.
He said it had nothing to do with the Summer of LeBron, but if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and looks like a duck, then it's probably a duck.
No. 3: Shaq
The most recent on the list, Shaq, was sued for trying to frame an employee for possession of child porn by hacking his computer.
The lawsuit also portrays Shaq as a bully and serial adulterer.
I'm not normally one to question the Shaqtus, but does Shaq really look like a man who has the ability to hack someone's computer? I'm going to vote no on this one.
It doesn't help that his accuser, Shawn Darling, has a rap sheet a mile long. Yep, that will help your credibility.
No. 2: Eddy Curry
In 2009, Eddy Curry was sued by his driver for sexual harassment. His driver was male.
The court documents said that Curry repeatedly approached him in the nude, telling him to look at him and to touch him, which just sounds creepy.
He also said that Curry made the driver do tasks that were humiliating, and outside of his job description.
Not only that, he said Curry would repeatedly throw racial slurs at him. I guess that's what playing for the Knicks will do to you.
No. 1: Roberto Alomar
Last year, Roberto Alomar was sued by an ex-girlfriend who said that the baseball player has full-blown AIDS, but didn't tell her while they were together.
The woman, Ilya Dall, said she lived with Alomar for three years and watched his health deteriorate until the point his skin was purple, he was foaming at the mouth, and had shingles.
Doctors supposedly discovered a mass in his chest and a spinal tap revealed he had AIDS. The allegations came out of nowhere and the woman wanted $15 million.
Alomar's father didn't even know of his son's supposed health issues.
That sounds suspicious to me.